Vigilance urged for 'type 3' diabetes


Diabetes due to diseases of the exocrine pancreas such as chronic pancreatitis is more common than previously thought and frequently misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes, a study shows.

Previously known as type 3c diabetes, pancreatogenic diabetes has a higher incidence in adults than type 1 diabetes (1.8 vs 1.1%), according to a large, population-based study from the UK.

Pancreatogenic diabetes is also associated with poor glycaemic control and more urgent need for insulin, researchers found.