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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Over 34 million people older than 18 years of age in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes and another 7.3 million meet lab criteria for diabetes but have not been formally diagnosed (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). Causes of diabetes, hyperglycemia, and weight gain and loss are well known, yet there are common causes that are underdiagnosed. Healthcare providers are required to use keen assessment skills to interpret the cause of these metabolic issues. Improving your knowledge of potential causes will facilitate accurate diagnosis and empower you to provide the most appropriate guidance to patients. In turn, your patients will be able to manage their condition more effectively and have improved quality of life.   

The goal of this course is to provide nurses and registered dietitians with strategies to detect common, yet often underdiagnosed, causes of hyperglycemia and unintentional changes in body weight.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify common, yet often underdiagnosed, causes of hyperglycemia, diabetes, and weight gain
  • Identify common, yet often underdiagnosed, complications associated with hyperglycemia, diabetes, and weight loss
  • Describe how medications, organ transplants, and chronic illnesses can cause hyperglycemia
  • Describe how nurses and dietitians can improve outcomes for people with hyperglycemia and unintentional changes in body weight.

Course Termination Date: 04/06/24

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 11/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.