The American Diabetes Association every January updates their Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. The document is lengthy, highly technical, and written for healthcare providers. Some of you may appreciate it. If I were a non-physician with diabetes, I’d learn as much about it as possible. Remember, no one cares about your health as much as you do. The 2015 version of the standards is called, appropriately enough, Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2015.
Updates to the guidlelines include:
- recommendation not to sit inactively for over 90 minutes
- pre-meal blood sugar target is now 80 to 130 mg/dl (4.4 to 7.2 mmol/l) instead of the old 70 to 130 mg/dl
- added SGLT2 inhibitors to the drug treatment algorithm
- recommended a diastolic blood pressure goal of 90 mmHg or less instead of the old 80 mmHg or less
- increased the potential pool of statin drug users
- added a section on management of diabetes during pregnancy