A third of type one diabetes is misdiagnosed in the over 30s

More than a third of people over the age of 30 who are initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have type 1, meaning they are not receiving the right treatment, new research has revealed.

The study, led by the University of Exeter, shows that 38% of patients with type 1 diabetes occurring after age 30 were initially treated as type 2 diabetes (without insulin). the team found that half of those misdiagnosed were still diagnosed as type 2 diabetes 13 years later.

Prime Minister Theresa May is a classic case of misdiagnosis in later life. She was initially misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes and treated with lifestyle change and tablets which did not work, before being re-tested and identified as having type 1 diabetes.

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