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Primary care physicians should individualize treatment and encourage self-monitoring for patients with diabetes

An individualized approach to managing diabetes can prevent or delay complications and improve outcomes, according to recommendations detailed in the 2016 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. A synopsis specifically for primary care physicians is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The ADA recently published its 2016 Standards to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and other interested parties with evidence-based recommendations for diabetes care. Diabetes experts summarized the ADA Standards into eight 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. In each area, the ADA recommends an individualized approach where self-monitoring is also key component of care.

Article: Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, ames J. Chamberlain, MD; Andrew S. Rhinehart, MD; Charles F. Shaefer Jr., MD; and Annie Neuman, PA-C, Annals of Internal Medicine, doi:10.7326/M15-3016, published 1 March 2016.