Diabetes Programme

Definition and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and intermediate hyperglycaemia

Report of a WHO/IDF consultation

Publication details

Editors: WHO; IDF
Number of pages: 50
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 159493 6



In November 2005 a joint WHO and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Technical Advisory Group met in Geneva to review and update the current WHO guidelines on diabetes. This report covers the following issues:

  • Should the current diagnostic criteria for diabetes be changed?
  • How should normal plasma glucose levels be defined?
  • How should impaired glucose tolerance be defined?
  • How should impaired fasting glucose be defined?
  • What diagnostic tests should be used to define glycaemic status?