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American Diabetes Association issues new guidelines for type 1 diabetes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4119
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The American Diabetes Association has issued a new position statement providing guidance for the management of type 1 diabetes throughout a patient’s life.1

The statement was released and published online on 17 June during the association’s 2014 Scientific Sessions meeting, held this year in San Francisco, California.

For many patients, the target glycated hemoglobin A1c level should be less than 7%, the statement said. “Lowering A1c to below or around 7% has been shown to reduce microvascular complications of diabetes, and, if achieved soon after the diagnosis of diabetes, is associated with long term reduction in macrovascular disease. Therefore, a reasonable A1c goal for many nonpregnant adults with type 1 diabetes is <7%,” it said.

However, it …

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