Diabetes labelling: Is it the right path?

“Type 2 diabetes is a disease in search of a definition.”

This is the provocative opening line in a viewpoint authored by UK diabetes expert Professor Edwin Gale published in The Lancet last month, in which he proposes the current terminology be abandoned in favour of “idiopathic hyperglycaemia”.

Professor Gale, from the division of diabetes and metabolism at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, argues that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is researched and treated as if it were one disease