What Is Type 3c Diabetes?
A group of scientists is warning that doctors need to be more aware of a type of diabetes that has been newly studied in recent years, which they say is poorly understood by many doctors and commonly misdiagnosed. As a result, patients with this form of diabetes, called Type 3c, often aren’t getting the treatment they need. By way of review: Type 1 diabetes, which often shows up in childhood or early adulthood, is an autoimmune disease affecting the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes, which has generally been associated with middle-aged and older people, is caused by the body’s inability to use insulin properly. Type 3c, described in a new study in the journal Diabetes Care, stems from damage to a previously healthy pancreas, caused by such health issues as pancreatitis, a pancreatic tumor, cystic fibrosis or trauma. As a result, the pancreas no longer produces adequate amounts of insulin, digestive enzymes and other hormones. According to some earlier journal articles on Type 3c, most of the cases occur among people with chronic pancreatitis. Yet, according to the study by a group of British scientists, doctors routinely mistake Type 3c diabetes for Type Continue reading >>