Thursday, April 9, 2015 4:33 pm EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) today
announced the publication of new, expansive diabetes clinical practice
guidelines and an updated diabetes algorithm to assist clinical
caregivers with the medical management of patients with diabetes
The 2015 guidelines advocate for comprehensive control of diabetes beyond
a simple focus on glycemic control to address multiple DM risk factors.
The guidelines promote individual patient goals and the development of a
personalized management plan. To that end, comprehensive clinical
recommendations are offered for assessing and managing obesity, lipid
disorders, hypertension, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease,
hypoglycemia and anti-hyperglycemic therapy to prevent complications;
most have been modified substantially over previous guidelines.
The document also includes important information about vaccinations,
cancer risks, and management of prediabetes, sleep disorders and
depression among those with DM.
The diabetes management algorithm, first published in 2013, is presented
as an illustrated treatment pathway companion to the guidelines and
emphasizes the importance of medical and surgical interventions as
primary therapeutic approaches in overweight and obese patients with DM,
as well as in the prevention of diabetes in high-risk patients with
prediabetes, using AACE’s obesity treatment algorithm.
The algorithm includes every FDA-approved class of medications for
diabetes and stratifies therapy options based on initial A1c.
The chair of the guidelines task force, Dr.
Yehuda Handelsman, MD, FACP, FNLA, FACE, adds that although the
guidelines and algorithm are comprehensive in nature and cover the
spectrum of DM management, the resulting recommendations should be easy
for healthcare providers to incorporate into their medical
“Both the guidelines and algorithm, while detailed, have been
constructed in such a way, such as a question-and-answer format within
the guidelines, to address specific problems in diabetes care in a
concise, practical and actionable manner that will assist in developing
patient care plans,” Dr. Handelsman said.
“With this updated algorithm, clinicians have a definitive,
point-of-care tool to assess critical factors that accompany diabetes
and its treatment,” said Dr.
Alan Garber, MD, PhD, FACE, chair of the algorithm task force.
The two documents are published online at https://www.aace.com/files/dm-guidelines-ccp.pdf
and in the April 2015 issue (Volume 21, Issue 4) of the association’s
peer-reviewed scientific journal Endocrine Practice.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Yehuda Handelsman, Chair of the Diabetes
Guidelines Task Force and Dr. Alan Garber, Chair of the Diabetes
Algorithm Task Force, are available for interviews on this story. Please
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About the American Association of Clinical
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents
more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE
is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world.
The majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes
and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with
endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders,
osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders,
hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at http://www.aace.com.
About the American College of Endocrinology
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the charitable,
educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and
prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing
professional education and reliable public health information;
recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting
clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For
more information, please visit http://www.aace.com/college/.
About the Journal
Practice, the official journal of the American College of
Endocrinology (ACE) and the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists (AACE), is a peer-reviewed journal published twelve
times a year. The Journal publishes the latest information in the
treatment of diabetes, thyroid disease, obesity, growth hormone
deficiency, sexual dysfunction and osteoporosis, and contains original
articles, case reports, review articles, commentaries, editorials,
visual vignettes, as well as classified and display advertising. Special
issues of Endocrine Practice also include AACE clinical practice
guidelines and other AACE/ACE white papers. Complete content is
available on the Endocrine Practice Web site at www.endocrinepractice.org.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
Glenn Sebold, 904-353-7878 ext. 122