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Type 3c diabetes associated with pancreatic disease is often misdiagnosed, finds study

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4923 (Published 24 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4923
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Type 3c diabetes, or diabetes of the exocrine pancreas, is currently misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes in most patients, a large UK primary care study has reported.1

“Our research shows that the majority of people with type 3c diabetes are being misdiagnosed, putting both their short and long term health at risk,” said lead author Simon de Lusignan, from the University of Surrey, UK.

Type 3c diabetes occurs when the structure and function of the pancreas are disrupted by disease. In contrast, type 2 diabetes generally results from metabolic changes that affect how …

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