Do You Have The Latest Type 2 Diabetes Poster?

Third-edition anatomy poster.

By Kevin RR Williams

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HEALTH Diabetes, or hyperglycemia, describes a condition when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise higher than normal without the proper self-regulation. The most common form, type 2, is insulin resistance — when your body does not use insulin properly, despite efforts of the pancreas to compensate. Without care, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, eye problems, nerve damage, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and other complications.

In 1675, Thomas Willis added mellitus to the term, although it is commonly referred to simply as diabetes. Mel in Latin means "honey"; the urine and blood of people with diabetes has excess glucose, and glucose is sweet like honey.

Currently, more than 21 million people in the United States have diabetes. Family history, weight and diet are factors influencing whether a person acquires diabetes and how it may be controlled. Doctors still aren’t sure exactly why, but there is a high incidence of depression among those with diabetes. Diabetes can give rise to difficult emotions. With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications.

You Need The Latest Type 2 Diabetes Anatomy Poster

Anatomy posters are periodically updated to reflect the latest materials and methods for dealing with various ailments. Sometimes the changes are purely aesthetic. A new poster entitled Understanding Type 2 Diabetes has been prepared for 2015, released in time for Diabetes Awareness Month. What are the differences from its predecessor?

Why You Should Upgrade Posters Now

You will immediately notice a different layout with additional content. A more comprehensive definition of type 2 diabetes is provided in the opening paragraphs: “Type 2 diabetes or T2DM, once known as non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes, is a progressive metabolic disorder that affects how your body uses sugar (glucose) from food)…"

Translucent organs overlay a standing mixed-race woman. A larger cellular view of the pancreas is new to the latest poster. “Managing Type 2 Diabetes” section with the target glucose level of 85–130 mg/dL is new. Helpful information is provided in subsection entitled, “The 5 Keys to Successful Diabetes Management.”

The “Complications” series of five illustrations is now orientated along the bottom with a diabetic foot in place of “Periodontal Disease" on the prior poster for “Vascular Disease.” Type 2 diabetes and periodontal disease are known to be associated, but the temporality of this relationship has not been firmly established. The “Alimentary canal or gut” section includes three bulleted statements regarding the interaction of pancreas, hormone and signals from the brain.

“Understanding Type 2 Diabetes” Poster Comparison
Feature 3rd Edition (2015)

2nd Edition (2006)

What Is Type 2 Diabestes? Three lengthy paragraphs Short bulleted description
Main Image Standing woman with translucent internal organs; split body cell; cellular view of pancreas with blood vessel Large pancreas and blood vessel with split body cell; background transluscent internal organs
Supplemental Image Affects on seven internal organs illustrated and described No corresponding visual
Complications Eye disease, heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vascular disease, nerve damage Heart disease and stroke, vascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, periodontal disease, eye disease
Spanish Translation unavailable, except in custom bulk orders Spanish 2E version available while supplies last

The prior poster version remains useful for a productive patient visual when the physician fills in the updates during consultation. The second-edition can be purchased at a discount while supplies last. However, the third-edition Understanding Type 2 Diabetes, with the omission of the periodontal correlation and more comprehensive text has enough revisions to warrant replacing older anatomy posters. Get the latest update in your choice of finishes now from Store.ClinicalPosters.

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