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What Is Type 3c Diabetes?

Sometimes referred to as pancreatogenic diabetes or pancreatogenous diabetes mellitus, Type 3c diabetes can develop when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood, which supplies the body with energy. Without insulin, blood glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of reaching the body’s cells. Over time, high blood sugar can cause damage to a number of the body’s organs and tissues, including the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.


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Type 3c Diabetes Causes & Risk Factors

Type 3c diabetes is a form of secondary diabetes, meaning a primary disease develops in the exocrine portion of the pancreas before the development of the diabetes. The majority of Type 3c diabetes cases are caused by chronic and acute pancreatitis. Other conditions that are risk factors for type 3c diabetes include:


Symptoms of Type 3c Diabetes

Symptoms of Type 3c diabetes include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Feeling tired more than usual
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Diarrhea or fatty or oily stools

More general diabetes signs and symptoms may accompany type 3c diabetes, including:

  • Excessive/frequent thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Genital thrush or itching
  • Blurry vision
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)

Diagnosing Type 3c Diabetes

Diagnosis of Type 3c diabetes is usually based on assessment of symptoms, evaluation of medical history (particularly any history of pancreatic disease, damage or surgery), checking for evidence of pancreatic enzyme insufficiency and ruling other forms of diabetes. Diagnosis often involves imaging tests of the pancreas.


Treatment of Type 3c Diabetes

Treatment of type 3c diabetes may include:

  • Medication: Type 3c individuals take insulin and/or pills (for example, Metformin) to control blood glucose levels.
  • When possible, treatment of the underlying cause: This depends on the condition and functioning of the diseased or damaged pancreas.
  • Treating associated digestive problems: For example, some Type 3c individuals may take pancreatic enzymes by mouth to help with digestion.

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To schedule a consult with a diabetes specialist, please call 216-286-8988.