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Diabetes consultation. Nurse carrying out a home consultation with a 76-year-old woman who has diabetes. During the consultation, the nurse will test the patient's blood glucose levels, provide guidance and advice relating to insulin injections, and update the patient's notes. Diabetes mellitus affects glucose sugar metabolism. Blood sugar is not oxidised due to a lack of the pancreatic hormone insulin. Treatment is based on a strict diet and insulin injections to maintain the blood-sugar balance.
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