Diabetes is a complex disease that affects many different ages and ethnicities. It requires constant daily self-management - making healthy food choices, staying physically active, monitoring blood sugar and taking medications as prescribed. It is imperative that patients with limited English proficiency have access to medical care they can understand and follow. Because treatment and care for patients with diabetes is ongoing, interpreters become an integral part of the diabetes care team.
This introductory course regarding the topic of diabetes is designed to offer interpreters a general understanding of what diabetes is, how it's diagnosed and how it's managed. Students will also learn the anatomy of diabetes, the complications of poorly controlled diabetes, and the different types of diabetes with which a person may be diagnosed.