Type 3c diabetes develops because of damage to the pancreas, which can happen for a few different reasons. And although it’s different to other types, you can get a wrong diagnosis of type 2 because Type 3c isn’t well known.
Type 3c can happen when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin for the body. And we all need insulin to live. It allows the glucose (or sugar) in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. If you have Type 3c diabetes your pancreas will also stop producing the enzyme that you need to digest food.
You can only get Type 3c diabetes because of an illness or condition that affects the pancreas, such as:
pancreatic cancer *
You can also develop Type 3c if you have your pancreas removed.
*note: includes Neuroendocrine Tumours of pancreatic origin
“Type 3 diabetes” is a term that has been proposed to describe the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease, which is a major cause of dementia, is triggered by a type of insulin resistance and insulin-like growth factor dysfunction that occurs specifically in the brain. This condition also has been used by some to describe people who have type 2 diabetes and are also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The classification of type 3 diabetes is highly controversial, and it’s not widely accepted by the medical community as a clinical diagnosis.
The above “type 3 diabetes” medical condition isn’t to be confused with type 3c diabetes mellitus (also called T3cDM, pancreatogenic diabetes, and type 3c diabetes).
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