Press release

Updates to the 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Issued Today by the American Diabetes Association®

July 31, 2019 | Arlington, Virginia

Revisions include updated treatment information for adults and youth with type 2 diabetes and new guidelines for people with diabetes who use continuous glucose monitoring

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) issued important updates to the 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (Standards of Care) today, in annotations as the Living Standards of Care, with the changes focusing on new metrics for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) utilization and new medication options and recommendations for youth and adults with type 2 diabetes. The updates were informed by newly published research and crafted and approved by the ADA’s Professional Practice Committee, which is responsible for producing the annual Standards of Care. Updates to Section 10, Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management, have also been reviewed and approved by the American College of Cardiology, who endorse this section. The Living Standards of Care are available immediately online at Diabetes Care.

Today’s updates to the Living Standards of Care include information added to the following sections:

“As ongoing research and data lead to improved treatment recommendations for people with diabetes, the ADA’s Living Standards of Care continue to be revised accordingly, and new updates, such as the time-in-range goals, allow clinicians and researchers in the field to stay abreast of the most accurate guidelines,” said the ADA’s Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD. “As technology surrounding continuous glucose monitoring evolves, CGM has the opportunity to positively impact the future of diabetes care and research, and establishing standard, official time-in-range recommendations is necessary for the clinical care, regulatory oversight and research efforts related to CGM.”

“The new time-in-range goals and ambulatory glucose profile that are part of the ADA’s Living Standards updates were developed by a panel consisting of individuals with diabetes, physicians and researchers from around the world who are experts in CGM technologies and diabetes research and care,” said consensus panel member Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, executive director of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “These guidelines provide the tools for improved consistency for clinicians, researchers, and individuals with diabetes to utilize, and we are pleased that the American Diabetes Association is one of the many professional diabetes organizations around the world to endorse this international consensus report.” 

The Standards of Care provide the latest in comprehensive, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes; strategies to improve the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes; and therapeutic approaches that reduce complications and positively affect health outcomes. Beginning in 2018, the ADA updates and revises the online version of the Standards of Care throughout the year, with annotations for new evidence or regulatory changes that merit immediate incorporation. The online version of the Standards of Care includes any research updates or policy changes that have been approved throughout 2019. 

Updates to the Standards of Care are established and revised by the ADA’s Professional Practice Committee (PPC). The committee is a multidisciplinary team of 15 leading U.S. experts in the field of diabetes care and includes physicians, diabetes educators, registered dietitians and others whose experience includes adult and pediatric endocrinology, epidemiology, public health, lipid research, hypertension, preconception planning and pregnancy care. For the 2019 Standards of Care, two designated representatives from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) reviewed, provided feedback and endorsed the recommendations for cardiovascular disease and risk management on behalf of the ACC. The ACC designated representatives also reviewed and approved the updates made to the cardiovascular disease and risk management section. The PPC performs an extensive, global clinical diabetes literature search each year for the annual Standards of Care update, supplemented with input from ADA leaders and staff and the medical community at-large. Members of the PPC must disclose potential conflicts of interest with industry and/or relevant organizations; these disclosures are available on page S184 of the 2019 Standards of Care.

The complete, annotated Standards of Care, which includes updates made today, can be accessed online on Diabetes Care. The Abridged Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes have also been updated and can be accessed online on Clinical Diabetes

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About Diabetes Care®
Diabetes Care, a monthly journal of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is the highest-ranked, peer-reviewed journal in the field of diabetes treatment and prevention. Dedicated to increasing knowledge, stimulating research and promoting better health care for people with diabetes, the journal publishes original articles on human studies in clinical care, education and nutrition; epidemiology, health services and psychosocial research; emerging treatments and technologies; and pathophysiology and complications. Diabetes Care also publishes the ADA’s recommendations and statements, clinically relevant review articles, editorials and commentaries. Topics covered are of interest to clinically oriented physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, psychologists, diabetes educators and other health care professionals.

About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).