Highlights From ADA 2020

Mary de Groot, PhD


August 27, 2020

More than 12,000 professionals from around the world attended the virtual 2020 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Annual Scientific Sessions. In this ReCAP, Dr Mary de Groot, current ADA president of health care and education, shares highlights from key abstracts and online presentations.

At the meeting, the 2020 Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Consensus Report was simultaneously adopted by seven organizations. Included in the updated recommendations for patients with type 2 diabetes is a list of five critical periods during which people are most in need of self-management and education.

Results from the BronxA1c trial showed that a telephone-based intervention program aimed at socioeconomically disadvantaged minority adults with type 2 diabetes in New York City helped patients lower their A1c through increased self-management support.

New research into quality-of-life factors among menopausal women showed that those with diabetes experienced more severe menopause symptoms, including sleep disruption. Experts say there's a need for psychosocial interventions for menopausal women with diabetes to relieve their diabetes-related distress during that transition.


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