|American Diabetes Assoc. New Consensus Report|
Here is an except from the report.....
"The ADA-EASD Consensus Report recommends patient-centered care that accounts for each individual’s health history and status, weight, costs of care, and preferences. While the algorithms focus on the choice of diabetes medications, the report also highlights the critical importance of comprehensive lifestyle management and diabetes self-management education and support in the overall health of people with type 2 diabetes."
Goals of Care are Front and Center:
Prevent complications and optimize quality of life.
This is great as I see my dad, who is in his 80s, suffer from uncontrolled diabetes.
7 Steps Done (at least) 2x a Year
1. Assess key patient characteristics
2. Consider factors that impact treatment
3. Share decision making to make a plan
4. Agree on a plan
5. Implement plan
6. Ongoing monitoring and support with monitoring blood glucose
mental health, nutrition, weight, fitness, exercise, medication tolerance, stopping smoking, etc
7. review, return to step 1 at least 2x a year
I am a complex person with a complex disease.
Put me in a room with other diabetics and we will have similar experiences
we will all be very different.
Each of us can do the exact same thing and get different results
diabetes can have a mind of its own.
Colds, stress, lack of sleep, allergies or whatever a day throws at you
can make management difficult.
Add another health issue
- thyroid, heart, cancer, celiac, autoimmune, or anything else -
and diabetes becomes even harder to manage
I am glad the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes
recognize all patients deserve to be treated based on OUR individual life factors.
If your doctor is treating just your diabetes,
bring up this report and show them the steps.
All diabetics deserve and need to be treated as the unique people we are
for the best quality and length of life we can have!
Have a great numbers day!