Nicholas Spinazzola


In 2008, I had a whipple procedure,that is they remove the top of the pancreas. The question is am I now type 1, or type 2 diabetic?

Dr. William Sullivan


If you develop diabetes after a Whipple procedure (removal of the head of the pancreas), then you have developed pancreatogenic diabetes. This is in a separate category from type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Pancreatogenic diabetes can occur after partial pancreatectomy (such as Whipple procedure), but can also occur with recurrent pancreatitis or excessive iron deposits in the pancreas, as seen in a condition called “hemochromatosis.” Pancreatogenic diabetes can occasionally be treated with oral diabetes medication, but it is likely that insulin may be needed.

July 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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