Type 2 diabetes in adults: management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


In the UK over 3.2 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes during 2013. Around 90% of adults currently diagnosed have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes care is complex and time-consuming due to multiple vascular risk factors and wide-ranging complications, therefore, many areas of healthcare services must be involved for optimal management. Essential lifestyle changes and the complexities and possible side-effects of therapy make patient education and self-management important aspects of care.

This Guidelines summary provides an algorithm for blood glucose lowering therapy. It also focuses on patient education, dietary advice, managing cardiovascular risk, blood glucose management and treatment, and identifying and managing long-term complications.


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