The National Diabetes Education Program's has released new Guiding Principles, which outlines 10 clinically useful principles for health care professionals that highlight areas of agreement in diabetes management and prevention and is supported by more than a dozen federal agencies and professional organizations. The guiding principles aim to identify and synthesize areas of general agreement among existing guidelines to help guide primary care providers and health care teams to deliver quality care to adults with or at risk for diabetes. 

“There are a lot of diabetes guidelines out there, and practitioners and patients can get confused about which they should follow,” said Judith Fradkin, MD, director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. “With these Guiding Principles, we aren’t creating new guidelines, but clarifying where there is general agreement across myriad diabetes guidelines. Guiding Principles represents a set of sound practices. Our goal in developing this resource is to help clinicians help their patients with diabetes.”

NDEP is a partnership between the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following organizations and U.S. agencies support guiding principles:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Department of Defense
  • Endocrine Society
  • Health Resources and Services Administration