Have you ever heard of type 3c diabetes?
Compared to diabetes type 1 and type 2, it is not as well-known, yet it ought to be recognized more. Here’s why: research shows that type 3c diabetes is often misdiagnosed as type 2, which leads to improper treatment. Type 3c diabetes is surprisingly prevalent. A correct diagnosis can significantly improve treatments and the quality of life for those impacted by this common disease.
How do we differentiate between the different types of diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is most frequently diagnosed at a young age. It occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin and it is an autoimmune condition. Type 2 diabetes often occurs later in life and is often due to lifestyle and dietary imbalances, which lead to high blood sugar. The body responds to the excess blood sugar by increasing insulin production and over time, cannot keep up with the demand. Eventually, insulin resistance occurs and when insulin is produced, the body does not respond to it appropriately. Type 3c occurs because of a damaged pancreas, hence it is also known as pancreatogenic diabetes. In this case, the pancreas stops producing insulin due to physical damage to the organ. This can result from pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), cystic fibrosis, pancreatic cancer, or the surgical removal of part of the pancreas.