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Misdiagnosis common among adult diabetes patients, study finds

Researchers who evaluated nearly 600 individuals who needed insulin after receiving a diabetes diagnosis after age 30 found that 21% of the patients had severe insulin deficiency, suggesting they had type 1 diabetes, but almost 40% of that group were not given insulin after diagnosis and almost half said they had type 2 diabetes. "Managing type 1 diabetes as type 2 diabetes can result in rapid deterioration of a patient's health and development of a potentially life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis," said Dr. Nick Thomas of the findings, presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting.

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