Maintaining A1c levels as close as possible to normal limits has been shown to lower the risk of micro- and macrovascular complications. Despite the advent of novel therapies, historically, diabetes management has failed to achieve and maintain glycemic targets. Therefore, the EASD and ADA released joint consensus guidelines to support HCPs by providing treatment algorithms for effective diabetes management.
The Guidelines and Treatment Algorithm emphasize[1,2]
Lifestyle intervention and metformin
a Check HbA1c every month until HbA1c is <7%, and then at least every 6 months.
b Although three oral agents can be used, initiation and intensification of insulin therapy is preferred based on effectiveness and expense.
c See algorithm for initiation and adjustment of insulin.
Nathan D, et al. Diabetes Care 2006;29:1963–72. Reproduced with permission.
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