Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog
Controversial Clinical Guideline Updates 2018
- American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes
2018 relaxed Hemoglobin A1c criteria with a focus on patient-centered care. Focus on reducing cardiovascular risk management. Online updates throughout the year based upon FDA approved therapies.
- American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Hypertension
Released in 2017 and debated throughout 2018. Altered from the 8th Joint National Committee (JNC-8), who departed from historical blood pressure norms by recommending systolic pressure increase to 150 mm/Hg. AHA/ACC lowered the threshold to >130/80. First-line therapy for hypertension is lifestyle modification (weight loss, healthy diet, reduced alcohol intake and increased physical activity).
- American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Cholesterol
2018 more personalized approach, LDL above 70 mg/dl require aggressive management. Consider using non-statin therapies including ezetimibe and PCSKG inhibitors.
- Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
International COPD guidelines since 2001, updated annually. Recommend long-acting bronchodilators vs. corticosteroids to prevent COPD exacerbations. Eosinophil count is used to determine therapy.
- Vitamin D/Calcium Supplementation
Does not prevent risk of fracture, improve bone density or reduce cardiovascular risk factors. Calcium supplementation has minimal effect on bone and may increase cardiovascular disease
- Fish Oil Supplementation
Does not reduce cardiovascular risk factors or reduce cholesterol. Does not prevent cancer
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Dr Kim Kuebler
Dr. Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Founder and Director Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, CEO Advanced Disease Concepts, LLC., Award winning author of 8 textbooks on chronic conditions and palliative care. Multiple appointments to Federal and state initiatives on pain, chronic conditions and palliative care. Clinician, educator, researcher and patient advocate.