In alignment with the American Diabetes Association's (ADA's) position that diabetes does not define people, the word "diabetic" will no longer be used when referring to individuals with diabetes in the "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes." The ADA will continue to use the term "diabetic" as an adjective for complications related to diabetes (e.g., diabetic retinopathy).
Although levels of evidence for several recommendations have been updated, these changes are not included below as the clinical recommendations have remained the same. Changes in evidence level from, for example, C to E are not noted below. The "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2016" contains, in addition to many minor changes that clarify recommendations or reflect new evidence, the following more substantive revisions.
Diabetes Care. 2016;39(S1):S4-S5. © 2016 American Diabetes Association, Inc.