Could People With a “New” Type of Diabetes Be Wrongly Diagnosed With Type 2?
According to researchers from the United Kingdom, people who have been diagnosed with a new type of diabetes — known as type 3c diabetes — are “frequently labeled” as having type 2. And the patients who are mistakenly being treated for type 2 have a “greater requirement for insulin.”
In a study published in the November 2017 issue of the journal Diabetes Care, which is published by the American Diabetes Association, investigators analyzed the medical records of more than 2.3 million people from England that were recorded between January 2005 and March 2016. After pinpointing those people — nearly 32,000 — who were diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes (which is commonly referred to as type 2), the authors concluded the following:
Diabetes following pancreatic disease — known as type 3c diabetes, which hinders the pancreas from producing digestive enzymes and insulin, as well as other hormones —was more common than type 1 diabetes.
The cases of diabetes following pancreatic disease (559) were mostly classified by clinicians as type 2 diabetes (87.8 percent) and uncommonly as diabetes of the exocrine pancreas (2.7 percent).
Diabetes following pancreatic disease was associated with poor glycemic control compared with type 2 diabetes.
As a result, patients with type 3c diabetes may not be receiving the most effective treatments. “Our findings highlight the urgent need for improved recognition and diagnosis of this surprisingly common type of diabetes,” stated Andrew McGovern, co-author of the study, in a follow-up article.
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