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Why is type 1 diabetes different? Key messages from the guidelines

Helen Phelan, Stephen M Twigg, Maria E Craig

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Abstract

It is important to recognise that type 1 diabetes has its own specific challenges and unique care needs that are distinct from other, more common forms of diabetes. Management requires a multidisciplinary healthcare network delivering integrated clinical care, which is individualised to the patient.

Key Points

  • The launch of the first NHMRC Australian evidence-based guidelines for the management of type 1 diabetes across the lifespan presents key themes and messages relevant to GPs and other healthcare professionals.
  • Type 1 diabetes is different; management of type 1 diabetes has its own specific challenges and unique care needs that are distinct from other, more common forms of diabetes.
  • The management of people with type 1 diabetes requires an individualised, multidisciplinary healthcare network delivering integrated clinical care and involves intensive insulin therapy, education and complex self-management tasks carried out on a daily basis.
  • Seven underlying themes from the guidelines have been identified that highlight the distinctive aspects of type 1 diabetes treatment and management.

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