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What Do You Know About Type 3C Diabetes?

By Vicki and Brian Day

You know all about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. What do you know about type 3C? Have you even heard of it? In a 2013 report in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, it's reported that as many as 10 percent of all cases of diabetes are most likely type 3C.

How the Pancreas Works

The pancreas is part of the digestive system and helps break down the foods you eat. It also produces insulin to help regulate the sugar that makes its way into the bloodstream after you eat. The pancreas helps the sugars convert to glucose, which is needed to provide energy to your cells. It also helps the liver store the glucose for energy needs in the future. If sugar stores get too high or too low, it can cause detrimental effects on the rest of the body.

If something happens to the pancreas and insulin production, problems occur. With type 3C diabetes, the disease forms when inflammation in the pancreas kills certain cells. As the cells die, insulin is released in smaller quantities, which leads to a loss of control over blood sugar levels.

How Do You Treat Type 3C Diabetes?

Pancreatic inflammation involves a dietary approach to increase fiber and not indulge in too many fatty foods. It's also advised to stop drinking alcohol and smoking. A doctor may want to do ultrasounds to check for issues causing the inflammation. Oral supplements to increase pancreatic enzymes may also be recommended.

Some doctors recommend usage of vitamin D, as well, to prevent osteoporosis. The concern is that some cases of pancreatitis cause low calcium levels. Next, your mom or dad will need to control insulin levels through the use of insulin or oral glucose tabs.

If you suspect your mom or dad has this form of diabetes talk to the appropriate doctor. If one of your parents has chronic pancreatitis, ask if type 3C diabetes is a concern. Once there's a diagnosis, you can work with your parents to find a treatment that works.

Caregivers can help your parents with meal preparation. If your parent's diet is hard for them to manage by themselves, it's helpful to have someone around who can help them plan healthy meals. Caregivers can also take them shopping for groceries, put groceries away, and prepare meals. Learn more about the services available from a senior care agency by giving the agency a call.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3831209/

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