Type 3 Diabetes? Just saw it on the news.

By Latest Reply 2009-02-03 17:39:26 -0600
Started 2009-02-03 17:21:36 -0600

I just saw the evening news and they said researchers had discovered a new type of Diabetes, Type 3!!!!!!! They said unlike types 1 and 2 it does not reflect in your blood sugar readings, however, it's related to an increased risk in other diseases… Anybody heard of this one? Thanks, Angie

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Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-02-03 17:39:26 -0600 Report

Hey Arudee,

They often use the "Type 3" label to refer to spouses and partners of diabetics -- since they have to live with this illness, too.

There are also other physical types, of course...

rbergman 2009-02-03 17:30:49 -0600 Report

Hey there Ang,

I think it has to do with the 6 types of MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes in the Young). These are genetically linked forms or forms caused by other issues, such as Thyroiditis, Laura is being tested for it this Friday actually, not certain if its the same thing your news was talking about but sounds similar to me.

2009-02-03 17:38:57 -0600 Report

Hey Robin. I did see your discussion about MODY but did not know what it was. I will be thinking about your daughter on Friday. Please let us know the outcome! Take care, Ang

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-03 17:28:33 -0600 Report


"There's a new public health threat, and it means business. The phenomenon is known as “double diabetes” or “hybrid diabetes,” and it’s harder to diagnose and significantly more difficult to treat.

This new breed of disease is also sometimes referred to as "diabetes 1½ ," or type 3 diabetes. What has been called double diabetes can strike at any age. According to recent reports, physicians are seeing increasing numbers of patients with double diabetes, in which an individual has the symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Treatment is especially difficult in children."

Also -

"Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes? That's the tantalizing suggestion from a new study that finds insulin production in the brain declines as Alzheimer's disease advances.

'Insulin disappears early and dramatically in Alzheimer's disease,' senior researcher Suzanne M. de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Rhode Island Hospital and a professor of pathology at Brown University Medical School, said in a prepared statement.

'And many of the unexplained features of Alzheimer's, such as cell death and tangles in the brain, appear to be linked to abnormalities in insulin signaling. This demonstrates that the disease is most likely a neuroendocrine disorder, or another type of diabetes,' she added.

The discovery that the brain produces insulin at all is a recent one, and de la Monte's group also found that brain insulin produced by patients with Alzheimer's disease tends to fall below normal levels.

Now her group has discovered that brain levels of insulin and its related cellular receptors fall precipitously during the early stages of Alzheimer's. Insulin levels continue to drop progressively as the disease becomes more severe — adding to evidence that Alzheimer's might be a new form of diabetes, she said.

In addition, the Brown University team found that low levels of acetylcholine — a hallmark of Alzheimer's — are directly linked to this loss of insulin and insulin-like growth factor function in the brain."

The report appears in the November issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.