Ginger Vieira has a short and sweet article at Healthline on the new proposed diabetes classification system you may have heard about. I’ll be surprised if the proposal gains any traction. If it does lead to helpful clinical management changes, we won’t see them for at least 5–10 years. A snippet:
Today there are four common types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), and gestational. And these classifications are plagued by an enormous amount of confusion, misconceptions, and even misdiagnosis between the types.
To complicate things further, a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology is suggesting people with type 2 diabetes should be categorized into an additional four subgroups.
“This is the first step towards personalized treatment of diabetes,” said Leif Groop, a doctor and professor in the diabetes and endocrinology department at Lund University of Sweden.