The American Diabetes Association updates the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for 2021

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Diabetes Care has published a summary of revisions made to the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2021.

“The field of diabetes care is rapidly changing as new research, technology, and treatments that can improve the health and well-being of people with diabetes continue to emerge,” the article abstract reads. “With annual updates since 1989, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has long been a leader in producing guidelines that capture the most current state of the field.”

Amongst the changes made, additional information has been included on the social determinants of health in diabetes, the use of the term latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), and the prevention of vascular disease and mortality.

In section four, “Comprehensive Medical Evaluation and Assessment of Comorbidities”, the “Immunisations” subsection has been significantly revised, and vaccine-specific recommendations were removed. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–recommended vaccinations for people with diabetes were added, and more information was included regarding the discussion of each vaccine, including “important” considerations related to COVID-19.

In total, 15 sections were updated. Only section 16—“Diabetes Advocacy”—saw no revisions. See the full list of changes here.


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