What are the practical implications for treating diabetes in light of recent evidence? Updated recommendations from the Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management.

Bailey, Clifford J; Blonde, Lawrence; Del Prato, Stefano; Leiter, Lawrence A; Nesto, Richard
Diabetes & vascular disease research : official journal of the International Society of Diabetes and Vascular Disease; 2009 Oct;6(4):283-7. PMID: 20368223
Diabetes Research, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK.


The Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management was established in 2004 to provide practical guidance to improving glycaemic control for people with type 2 diabetes. Those recommendations have been updated to take account of recent trials assessing the effects of intensive glucose control. We continue to emphasis the importance of early and sustained glycaemic control, aiming for HbA( 1c) 6.5-7% wherever safe and appropriate. Individualisation of targets and the management process is strongly encouraged to accommodate patient circumstances and to avoid hypoglycaemia. Prompt introduction of combinations of agents is suggested when monotherapy is inadequate.Treatments will preferably address the underlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and integrate within a wider programme of care which also aims to reduce modifiable cardiovascular risk factors and better equip patients in the self-management of their condition.