A Statement about the ADA 2019 Guidelines
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently published their 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes manual, which includes all of their current clinical practice recommendations. These standards are published annually and are intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and other interested parties with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. The recommendations are based on a review of clinical diabetes literature, supplemented with input from ADA staff and the medical community at large.

However, the ADA makes a final statement recommending that people decrease their intake of both sweetened and non-nutritive-sweetened beverages. This statement is not supported by the current body of scientific literature nor does it align with the benefits that ADA describes initially. Further, it is in contradiction to ADA’s previous statement (Gardener, et al., 2012) on the use of NNS. In 2012, the ADA expressed support of these ingredients…

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Recognizing the escalating rates of diabetes worldwide and acknowledging the central role a healthy diet can play in managing diabetes, the Calorie Control Council (CCC) strongly supports global efforts to increase awareness of the risks and complications associated with developing diabetes as well as strategies for preventing or managing the disease.

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