n South African Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease - 2017 SEMDSA diabetes management guidelines

Volume 15 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1811-6515


The updated 2017 South African guidelines for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus were launched on 5 May at the 52nd congress of the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA) in Johannesburg. This is the fourth edition of the guidelines, which were last updated in 2012. The 2017 edition has been completely revised and updated using the most recent clinical science, with contributions from more than 45 local experts in various aspects of diabetes management. It is a comprehensive document, consisting of 29 chapters covering epidemiology; definitions; diagnosis; screening and organisation; lifestyle interventions; glucose management; co-morbidities and complications (weight management, cardiovascular risk, hypertension, diabetic kidney disease, diabetic eye disease and diabetic foot); along with type 2 diabetes management in special patient populations (pregnant women, children and adolescents, the elderly, those with HIV, those observing Ramadan, drivers and men with sexual dysfunction).

The guideline has been written with the clinician in mind and is practical and easy to use. Recommendations are summarised in table form at the beginning of each chapter and information relating to support for the recommendations is included in appendices at the end of the document.

The following is a brief summary of general recommendations and highlights information that is new or where recommendations from past editions of the guideline have been updated.

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