Newly identified third type of diabetes is being wrongly diagnosed as type 2

According to this article on The Conversation website, most people are familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Recently, though, a new type of diabetes has been identified: type 3c diabetes.

This shows the value of doing our Diabetes Management in Primary Care course, where for over 20 years we have discussed other causes of diabetes such as pancreatitis (secondary diabetes). More recently in Diabetes Update days we have also being bringing to students’ attention NICE NG12 (2015) guidelines where a symptomatic diagnosis associated with weight loss in someone over 60 should be followed up with a CT scan to exclude pancreatic cancer. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in management should follow the link ‘need insulin‘ in this article to the article by Makuc J (2017) Management of Pancreatogenic Diabetes: challenges and solutions which poses some questions over current therapeutic options for management. #diabetes

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