Prevention and Management of Diabetes


CE Hours:       3          Lecture

Hatice Hasturk, DDS,
associate member of the staff, department of applied oral sciences, director of center for clinical and translational research, The Forsyth Institute and adjunct associate professor, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is emerging as a global epidemic with complications that impact significantly upon quality of life, longevity and healthcare costs. About 346 million people currently suffer from diabetes worldwide. 25.8 million children and adults have diabetes only in the United States where, 7 million of them are undiagnosed. In addition, 79 million people in the US have prediabetes according to current clinical diagnostic guidelines by the American Diabetes Association.  T2DM creates a systemic inflammatory state via hyperglycemia, which is the leading cause for diabetic complications and organ diseases including macrovascular and micro vascular conditions such as cardiovascular disease and neuropathies.  Hyperglycemia is also a well-established risk factor for periodontal disease and several other oral conditions. Recently, the importance of dental office screenings have been highlighted in managing uncontrolled diabetes and most importantly in identifying those at increased diabetes risk due to obesity, family history of diabetes, hypertension, sedentary lifestyle or periodontal diseases. Recent literature strongly suggests that dentists can provide a valuable public health service by informing at-risk individuals of their potential risk factors for diabetes, the oral and systemic health complications associated with the disease, and by educating patients that the incidence of type 2 diabetes increases with age, obesity and lack of physical activity. 


• Understand hyperglycemia, prediabetes and diabetes
• Be familiar with reciprocal relationship between diabetes and oral diseases
• Learn the importance of early screenings and public education in prevention and control of diabetes
  and its complications
• Know the role of dental care providers in prevention and management of diabetes
• Understand the impact of a team approach among health care professionals in the management of 

Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met. Call (800) 342-8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather. Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date.


  • Where

  • Massachusetts Dental Society
    Two Willow Street
    Suite 202
    Southboro, Massachusetts 01745

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