The Italian Standards for the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus represent a consensus document of the two Italian scientific diabetes societies (AMD and SID), providing specific recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and its complications. The level of scientific evidence behind every recommendation has been classified in accordance with the National Guidelines Plan.
An original processing system was employed: the document prepared by the Editorial Team was published online for 20 days, and the suggestions and criticisms of about 30 persons were evaluated and integrated to those provided by a panel of diabetologists and members of other healthcare professions dedicated to diabetes care, as well as lay members. Lastly, the document was approved by AMD and SID National Steering Committees.
In this version, some highlights of the full document (www.siditalia.it; www.aemmedi.it) concerning the main and most representative recommendations on diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and its complications as well as on diabetes care in some specific contexts, are reported.
Abbreviations:AMD (Associazione Medici Diabetologi), SID (Società Italiana di Diabetologia), ADA (American Diabetes Association), IDF (International Diabetes Federation), HAPO (Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome), IFG (Impaired fasting glucose), IGT (Impaired glucose tolerance), CGM (Continuous glucose monitoring), CSII (Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion), IGEA (Integrazione GEstione e Assistenza per la malattia diabetica), VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor), MDI (Multiple Daily Injections), GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus), NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence), RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial), AIFA (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco), IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine), DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial), UKPDS (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study), CVD (CardioVascular Disease), DPP-4 (Dipeptidyl peptidase-4), GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide-1), BMI (Body Mass Index), ED (Erectile Dysfunction), GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate), ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System), ICD (International Classification of Diseases), CM (Clinical Modification)
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Published online: September 20, 2010
Accepted: August 19, 2010
Received in revised form: August 11, 2010
Received: August 3, 2010
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