Singapore Releases Guidelines on Appropriate Diabetes Care

Diabetes has been a serious health concern in Singapore over the past few years. Over 400,000 Singaporeans live with diabetes, and an additional 430,000 have pre-diabetes. The increase in diabetes rates is largely due to lifestyle factors. However, with good disease management techniques and proper medication, clinicians can help combat diabetes complications. To alleviate this situation, Singapore’s Agency for Care Effectiveness (ACE) has published two Appropriate Care Guides (ACGs) in mid-2017 to support the Ministry of Health’s “War on Diabetes” efforts.

The two ACGs cover Oral Glucose-Lowering Agents in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Managing Pre-Diabetes. Each guide is meant to complement already existing Clinical Practice Guidelines, and can be found on the ACE website in addition to being distributed to all doctors in Singapore. ACGs will be published up to three times a year and information will be reviewed 3 years after publication.