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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


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Diabetes Treatment

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NOTE: Access to this information is not restricted; however, the information found here is intended for use by medical providers. Some videos contain graphic images. Patients should talk with their medical providers about any specific concerns.

Treatment Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes

If any of the following occur skip Steps 1 through 3 and go directly to Step 4: FPG >250, glucose >300, A1C >10%, active liver disease, ETOH abuse, ketonuria, or weight loss. If acidotic, patient should be hospitalized.

Step 1: Start with metformin and lifestyle interventions.
Step 2: If target levels are not reached with Step 1, add a sulfonylurea.
Step 3: If target levels are not reached with Step 2, add either basal insulin or a thiazolidinedione (TZD). To start basal insulin, consider 10 units of NPH at bedtime or 10 units of a long-acting insulin.
Step 4: If targets are not reached with Step 3, start/intensify insulin therapy.

Immunizations

Pneumococcal vaccine – at diabetes dx; revaccinate once after age 65 if more than 5 years since the first shot
Td /Tdap – per protocol or routine
PPD – once after diagnosis of diabetes; a positive reaction in patient with diabetes is ≥10 mm

Don’t forget the following:

Glucose toxicity – insulin production is decreased with prolonged hyperglycemia; treating with insulin short-term helps reverse this condition.

Pancreatic exhaustion – almost all individuals with type 2 diabetes will eventually require insulin.

References:

ADA. Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Diabetes Care 2011; 34(Sup 1): S4–S7.

Nathan, DM. et. al. Medical Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes: A Consensus Algorithm for the Initiation and Adjustment of Therapy. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Diabetes Care 2009; 32:193–203.

 

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Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov