Reader’s Digest Health Report: March 2018
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Important Diabetes Type Frequently Misdiagnosed
About five to 10 per cent of all diabetes in Western countries is type 3c, which develops when the body has trouble producing insulin because of pancreas damage due to conditions such as cystic fibrosis or pancreatic cancer. By contrast, in the common type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to use insulin properly. A British health report showed that the majority of type-3c diabetes patients are diagnosed with type 2 instead. This matters because type 3c generally means worse glycemic control and a more urgent need for insulin in order to avoid complications (e.g., damage to the kidneys).