Practice Guidelines

§ADA Standards of Care PDF 2018 -This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidenced based, it includes a useful summary of the trials and research that the goals are based on. A must read if you are entering the diabetes field or preparing to take the CDE® or BC-ADM Exam.

§ADA Primary Care Abridged Standards Of Care 2018- A summary of key points and updates in the yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association.

§Summary of Revisions for ADA Standards of Care 2018 – A very brief (2 page) summary of changes.

§Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2018 – One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.

§Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment 2018.  This hyperglycemia road map details strategies to achieve glucose control for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Section 8 of Standards of Care, Dec 2018..

ADA 2013 Nutrition Therapy Recommendations for Adults with Diabetes – Guidelines »

§ AACE Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm 2016. A slide set summary of the ACE/AACE Statement by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Encourage all those planning to take CDE® exam to review this info carefully.

§ AACE – CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPING A DIABETES MELLITUS COMPREHENSIVE CARE PLAN – 2016 A comprehensive care plan for people with diabetes, published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology

Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes – 2015 Update – A Patient Centered Approach » This hyperglycemia roadmap was developed in collaboration by the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. An excellent review of the importance of creating an individualized approach to manage hyperglycemia. Includes data on how education, MNT, exercise AND diabetes pharmacologic therapy are important tools in lowering and maintaining glucose levels. Published in Diabetes Care, Jan 2015.
Comprehensive Foot Examination and Risk Assessment -(2008) » A report of the Task Force of the Foot Care Interest Group of the American Diabetes Association, with endorsement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Diabetes and Driving » this first-of-its-kind position statement, explores strategies to assess risk level for those with diabetes looking at medical history and individual risk factors.
Diabetes At a Glance » A two page summary of the ABC’s of diabetes and diabetes management schedule.

Healthy People 2020 People » The first diabetes objective of Healthy People 2020 is to reduce the annual cases of diabetes by 10%. Read more about these international health goals.
Management of Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients in the Non-Critical Care Setting: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline 2012 »  A consensus statement that provides evidence based guidelines on inpatient glucose management for the non critical setting.
2013 – Management of Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in Children and Adolescents » This collaborative effort was a result of a the American Academy of Pediatrics convening a subcommittee to develop and publish evidence based recommendations on managing children with type 2 diabetes.
2013 – Medicare Guidelines for Diabetes Education and Care Toolkit » The purpose of this toolkit is to provide QIOs, heath care professionals and other key stakeholders.  It also contains vital information on implementation and reimbursement for accredited DSMT programs.  

2016 Medicare Diabetes Brief article outlining the Guidelines for Diabetes Care Coverage A-D  – Reviews what Medicare does and doesn’t cover as far as care and supplies

2015 – Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support » A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An important document to review for those providing Diabetes Self-Management Education or those considering take the certification exam.
Pediatric Weight Management Protocols » The following care paths are a possible framework for pediatric weight management care (prevention plus) between primary care providers and registered dietitians participating in the Alliance Healthcare Initiative. These paths are not meant to be prescriptive, but provide a possible schedule of visits throughout the year after a problem is identified. In general, if you have a patient with a BMI? 85th percentile, the goal should be to work with the patient and family on behavior change.

Physical Activity and Exercise and Diabetes: ADA Position Statement 2016 » Position statement that reviews exercise guidelines and recommendations for people living with diabetes. 

Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses & Books with an emphasis on Standards of Care and Practical Guidelines

Level 1 – Standards of Care 2017 – 1.5 CEs – $29.00

This 90-minute course is an essential review for anyone in the field of diabetes. We summarize the 2017 updates to the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and provide critical teaching points and content for health care professionals involved in diabetes care and education.



CDE® Test Taking Strategies Course + 101 Standards of Care Practice Test – $29.00

This includes a 60-minute on demand course and 101 newly constructed multiple choice test questions inspired by the American Diabetes Standards of Care. Designed to test your knowledge of the 15 Critical Content areas and help prepare you for the CDE® Exam. In this course, Beverly explains how to dissect the question, eliminate the wrong answers and avoid getting lured in by juicy answers.


2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Pocket Chart – $4.99

This small laminated folding chart includes the latest from the 2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Updated to include the latest information from the 2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. This 11 ” x 8.5 ” laminated card folds to 8.5 ” x 3.75 “. It lists recommendations for glycemic control, lipid and blood pressure goals, key tests/exams, and body mass index.


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