What is pancreatogenic diabetes? | Ohio State Medical Center

What is pancreatogenic diabetes? | Ohio State Medical Center


Pancreatogenic diabetes refers to diabetes
that is secondary to a primary disease of the pancreas. Sometimes pancreatogenic diabetes is also referred
to as Type 3c diabetes. The most common cause of pancreatogenic diabetes
is chronic pancreatitis. Another very important form of pancreatogenic
diabetes is pancreatic cancer related diabetes. This cause of diabetes is significant because
it’s most likely the earliest symptom of pancreatic cancer. It’s projected by 2020 that pancreatic cancer
will be the second most common cause of cancer- related deaths in the United States. One of the biggest hurdles to improve survival
in patients with pancreatic cancer is that the vast majority of patients are diagnosed
at a late stage of cancer. We believe that better understanding the relationship
between pancreatic cancer and the diabetes that it causes will allow us to identify a
way to improve the early detection of this cancer. Importantly, when patients are diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage of disease, they’re able to undergo a potentially curative
pancreatic surgery. Our investigative team at Ohio State is collaborating
with eight other hospitals throughout the country to try to better understand these complex
relationships between pancreatic diseases and diabetes. This group is referred to as the Consortium
for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer, and is supported by
the National Institutes of Health. Currently, there’s no way to diagnose pancreatogenic
diabetes and separate it from the more common form of diabetes referred to as type 2 diabetes,
which is associated with family history and obesity. At Ohio State we are leading a study to try
to identify a way to diagnose pancreatogenic diabetes. This information will be particularly helpful
to allow us to better identify those patients with new onset diabetes that’s secondary to pancreatic
cancer.

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