Standards of Care

Standards of Care in Diabetes

The Standards of Care in Diabetes (Standards of Care) includes all of current clinical practice recommendations of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is intended to provide clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and other individuals with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.


The recommendations included in the Standards of Care are based on an extensive review of the clinical diabetes literature, supplemented with input from ADA staff and the medical community at large. The Standards of Care in Diabetes is updated annually, or more frequently online if new evidence or regulatory changes merit immediate incorporation, and is published in Diabetes Care.

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Standards of Care in Diabetes


  1. Improving Care and Promoting Health in Populations
  2. Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes
  3. Prevention or Delay of Diabetes and Associated Comorbidities    
  4. Comprehensive Medical Evaluation and Assessment of Comorbidities    
  5. Facilitating Positive Health Behaviors and Well-being to Improve Health Outcomes  
  6. Glycemic Goals and Hypoglycemia   
  7. Diabetes Technology
  8. Obesity and Weight Management for the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes 
  9. Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment   
  10. Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management  
  11. Chronic Kidney Disease and Risk Management    
  12. Retinopathy, Neuropathy, and Foot Care  
  13. Older Adults  
  14. Children and Adolescents   
  15. Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy  
  16. Diabetes Care in the Hospital
  17. Diabetes Advocacy  
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