Wednesday, January 27, 2016

American Diabetes Association 2016 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

New obesity management recommendations for the treatment of type 2 diabetes were published as a part of the American Diabetes Association’s 2016 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes in Diabetes Care. The updated guidelines provide health care providers with all components of diabetes care, treatment goals, and tools to evaluate quality care. 

The updated Standards of Care outlined a tiered approach to obesity management, including lifestyle intervention, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery. "Diabetes management requires individualized, patient-centered, and culturally appropriate strategies. Clinical practice guidelines are important for improving population health, but for the best outcomes, diabetes care has to be individualized for each patient," said Jane Chiang, MD, senior vice president, medical and community affairs, American Diabetes Association. 

Other updates included expanding the scope for treating different populations with diabetes such as youth, older adults, and women of child-bearing years. The ADA also updated its atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease recommendations stating that clinicians should consider prescribing aspirin therapy to women age 50 and older who have at least one additional major risk factor. 

The ADA also recognizes the important role of technology in managing diabetes. A new recommendation states that that people who use continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps should have continuous access after they turn 65. People at risk of developing diabetes should also take advantage of technology through the use of internet-based social networks, distance learning and mobile applications to help modify behaviors in order to prevent diabetes.

For more information on ADA’s 2016 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes click here.

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