Experts push to reclassify diabetes types

Researchers have identified five distinct clusters of adult-onset disease

Separating adult-onset diabetes into five different types, rather than just type 1 or type 2, might help to better tailor early treatment, say Swedish researchers.


In their analysis of almost 9000 patients with adult-onset diabetes, they identified five replicable clusters of disease, each with significantly different characteristics and risk of complications.

One autoimmune type of diabetes and four distinct subtypes of type 2 diabetes were identified by the researchers. They tested these across three more cohorts of patients, consisting of 5795 people.