We were not suprised to see a recent article in Clinical Endocrinogy News stating that lifestyle modification must be the cornerstone of any management plan for people with type 2 diabetes. A new treatment algorithm published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology is a periodic update with a unique strategy of clarifying type 2 diabetes management. The algorithm concluded that effectively attending to basic problems — obesity, nutrition and exercise — will dramatically increase the success of any long-term treatment plan for people with type 2 diabetes, and help prevent or delay disease development in those with pre-diabetes.

The algorithm presents an easy-to-follow stepwise decision model for diagnosis, blood glucose management, and medical management — including all of the currently approved oral diabetes medications and insulins. This new iteration to the original algorithm is the first time lifestyle intervention has been a foundation for the most effective medical management.

One member of the committee that updated the algorithm was quoted as saying that appropriate focus on lifestyle modification may reduce medication dosage, and at times, eliminate the need for pharmaceutical intervention.

Read the entire article on the Clinical Endocrinolgy News web site.

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