Diabetes is a serious illness describing a condition in which the body is no longer able to manage blood sugar levels properly. This can lead to life-threatening situations where blood sugar is too high or too low. Diabetes also comes with a host of other complications, such as slow healing wounds, increased thirst, and kidney problems, and ultimately requires lifestyle modification. Because of the seriousness of this incurable illness, a lot of research has been done; it has been classified into two primary types, but it turns out there is a third type, which may require specialized treatment.
For a long time now, Diabetes has been classified into type 1 diabetes, which occurs because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to handle the glucose in the blood, and type 2 diabetes, which is the result of glucose not responding to the insulin in the blood. These differing malfunctions between insulin and glucose require individualized treatment, though the bulk of those with diabetes have type 2. Only recently has it been discovered that the third type of diabetes, which is being called Type 3c, is actually what’s affecting a large number of those initially diagnosed with type 2.
Now that there is some understanding of Type 3c’s existence, it has been alarming to note that only 3 percent of those suffering it are correctly diagnosed. As mentioned earlier, most are thought to have type 2. That translates to around 7 percent of diabetics in the West who have Type 3c. In effect, there are likely millions of people with diabetes suffering from type 3c, and not being treated appropriately for their condition. What sets type 3c apart from types 1 and 2 is that it limits the pancreas’ ability to create insulin, but also hinders food digestion by preventing enzyme creation.
Origins and Ramifications
Even setting aside the problem that with a misdiagnosis, there is incorrect or inadequate treatment, Type 3c diabetes makes it difficult for the patient to control their blood sugar effectively- even more so than for those with Type 2. This may result in an even greater need for insulin, due to the diseases present in their pancreas. After all, in Type 3c, the pancreas is the main culprit; various illnesses of the pancreas can cripple it, leading to diabetic outcomes. Unfortunately, far too often, these factors have gone unnoticed, overlooked, and ignored- which has likely led to much suffering.