Back to News News from the 57th Annual American Diabetes Association Meeting
The 57th Annual American Diabetes Association Meeting & Scientific Sessions was held from June 21 to 24, 1997 in Boston, Massachusettes. Here is a brief summary of interesting news and scientific reports from the meeting. Additional information about products and research will be published in the coming weeks.

Classification Guidelines

After two years of work, the ADA announced new classification and diagnosis guidelines for diabetes. The goals for the new guidelines were:

  1. Focus on the cause of diabetes rather than the treatment regimen
  2. Develop a standard that can be used worldwide
  3. Eliminate the confusion surrounding the use of insulin

Under the new guidelines, Type 1 diabetes is now referred to as immune mediated diabetes mellitus to highlight its autoimmune etiology (cause). The type is indicated by an Arabic number one ("1"), not a Roman numeral one ("I"). Type 1 diabetes was formerly called insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is positively diagnosed by the presence of specific immunological indicators, such as islet cell antibodies, insulin antibodies, or GAD antibodies.

For a more complete review of the guidelines, with information important for Type 2 diabetes, see Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes.


The research information presented at the conference included work that is in various states of completion. Many discussions after presentations demonstrated lack of consensus on the meaning of test results or epidemiologic data. The information presented here is exciting, but should not be interpreted to mean anything other than what is presented. In particular, the work on islet transplants, both allogenic and xenogenic, is not ready for clinical application -- yet.


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