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Missed diabetes diagnosis can lead to worsened condition

Many people in Louisiana and across the nation are diagnosed with diabetes. The dangers of the condition are well-known, and people can find themselves disabled, debilitated and eventually lose their lives because of diabetes. However, for many, the condition is controllable if they receive the proper diagnosis. If they do not, it can result in a worsened condition and long-term — even fatal — problems. It has recently come to light that diabetes is not limited to the two common classifications, Type 1 and Type 2. There is a Type 3c that is frequently misdiagnosed as Type 2.

Type 3c diabetes comes about after the person has suffered trauma to the pancreas. Unlike Type 2, it must be treated more aggressively, making it risky if the medical professionals miss the diagnosis of Type 3c for Type 2. Since diabetes is in the top 10 of causes of death in the nation, it is important to understand what this misdiagnosis can mean to the patient. Type 2 is common in adults who are overweight, in poor shape and are 45 or older. Having a history of diabetes in the family is also a factor. With Type 3c, cancer of the pancreas, cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis will traumatize or damage the pancreas leaving the person susceptible to Type 3c diabetes.

According to researchers, Type 3c occurs in around 5 to 10 percent of the population that has diabetes. Given the number of people in the U.S. who have diabetes — approximately 30.3 million — it stands to reason that some will have Type 3c and be misdiagnosed by a doctor. Between 90 and 95 percent of those with diabetes have been diagnosed as having Type 2. It is estimated that more than seven million have it but were never diagnosed. A study from the journal Diabetes Care looked at 31,000 patients with diabetes as adults and took out those with pancreas issues. There were 559. 3 percent of those had Type 3c.

Type 3c has a worse profile for controlling blood sugar than Type 2 making it more important that the issue be accurately diagnosed so the patient can get the insulin he or she needs. For those who have diabetes and had an issue with their pancreas, they might have Type 3c diabetes. If health problems come about due to their condition and nothing seemed to work, it could be due to a misdiagnosis. A lawsuit might be possible to pursue compensation. Discussing the case with a medical malpractice attorney may help.

Source:, “Type 3c diabetes misdiagnosed in a majority of patients: Study,” Laura Kelly, Oct. 25, 2017


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