ADA revises blood pressure, testing guidelinesBy
The American Diabetes Association has started the New Year with two notable changes in their Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes in the areas of high blood pressure management and frequency of blood sugar testing.
First, the ADA is now recommending diabetes patients have blood pressure tests at every routine visit to their healthcare providers. It also set a new target treatment goal for high blood pressure be revised from <130 mm Hg to <140 mm Hg.
Instead of a focus on “number of times to test, the ADA suggests that people with type 1 diabetes use “event-specific” guides. Event-specific times may call for much more testing. These events include before or after meal, when exercising or at bedtime, to name a few.