(HealthDay News) — New recommendations have been developed for diabetes, focusing on areas of importance for primary care providers. The clinical guideline was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

James J. Chamberlain, MD, from St. Mark’s Hospital and St. Mark’s Diabetes Center in Salt Lake City, and colleagues conducted a systematic review to revise or clarify recommendations for diabetes diagnosis and management for primary care providers, based on new evidence. 

The recommendations were rated and reviewed, and approved by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Board of Directors. Feedback from the larger clinical community was incorporated.

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The researchers summarized the ADA standards in 8 areas of importance to primary care providers: diagnosis, glycemic targets, medical management, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular risk factor management, microvascular disease screening and management, and inpatient diabetes management. An individualized approach was recommended for each area, with self-monitoring emphasized as a key component of care.

“The synopsis focuses on 8 key areas that are important to primary care providers,” the researchers wrote. “The recommendations highlight individualized care to manage the disease, prevent or delay complications, and improve outcomes.”

Two authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.


  1. Chamberlain JJ, Rhinehart AS, Shaefer CF, Neuman A. Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Ann Intern Med. 2016. doi:10.7326/M15-3016.