Diabetes Patients Should Have More Voice in Treatment: Experts

New guidelines say individual, doctor and evidence must all contribute to decisions

TUESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) — New guidelines meant to provide type 2 diabetes patients with truly individualized care have been issued by the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The new position statement recommends more patient involvement in the treatment and management of their condition and gives guidance on the rational approach to the choice of therapy. Choices — including precise goals for blood sugar control — should combine the best available scientific evidence with the doctor’s and patient’s own preferences.

“Given the uncertainties in terms of type and sequence of therapies, this approach is particularly appropriate in type 2 diabetes,” Andrew Boulton, a professor at the University of Manchester, in England, and EASD president, said in a news release from the organization. Read more