Diabetes Is Five Diseases, Not Two

The new classification system could help improve personalized medicine approaches to the disease.

Diabetes is a group of five diseases with distinct genetic and physiological profiles, according to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology last week (March 1).

Traditionally, diabetes—a condition that affects more than 100 million Americans—has had just two classifications. However, clinicians were aware that type 1 and type 2 was “not a terribly accurate classification system” for the disease, Victoria Salem, a clinical scientist at Imperial College London who was not involved in the study, tells the BBC.


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