9 important changes to diabetes guidelines
Patient preference and self-management are the focus of updated RACGP guidelines for type 2 diabetes.
The GP handbook General practice management of type 2 diabetes 2016-2018 reflects major changes in the evidence for optimal blood pressure targets, diabetes in pregnancy care and anti-thrombotic therapy.
And the handbook now includes the Australian blood glucose treatment algorithm developed by the Australian Diabetes Society.
Here are nine of the key recommendations:
- Blood pressure (BP) targets can be lowered to <140/90mmHg, including younger people and those at high secondary risk of stroke;
- Target BP for those with microalbuminuria or proteinuria remains 130/80mmHg;
- Adults with known prior CVD (except haemorrhagic stroke) should receive the maximum tolerated dose of a statin,