, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 229–232 | Cite as

Tropical pancreatic diabetes in South India: heterogeneity in clinical and biochemical profile

  • V. Mohan
  • R. Mohan
  • L. Susheela
  • C. Snehalatha
  • G. Bharani
  • V. K. Mahajan
  • A. Ramachandran
  • M. Viswanathan
  • E. M. Kohner


Clinical and biochemical studies were carried out in 33 patients with diabetes secondary to chronic calcific, non-alcoholic pancreatitis (tropical pancreatic diabetes) and in 35 Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients and 35 nondiabetic subjects. Despite lower body mass indices, only 25% of patients with tropical pancreatic diabetes had clinical evidence of malnutrition. There was no history of cassava ingestion. Mean serum cholesterol concentration was significantly lower in the tropical pancreatic diabetic patients (p<0.01) in comparison with the Type 2 diabetic patients or non-diabetic subjects, due to a significantly decreased concentration of LDL cholesterol (p<0.01) and VLDL cholesterol (p<0.05). Basal and post-glucose stimulated concentrations of serum C-peptide were highest in those pancreatic diabetic patients (n=11) who responded to oral hypoglycaemic drugs, intermediate in the majority (n=17), who were insulin dependent and ketosis resistant and negligible in a small sub-group (n=5) who were ketosis prone. The occurrence of microangiopathy in pancreatic diabetic patients was common and similar to that in Type 2 diabetic patients. Thus, tropical pancreatic diabetes in South India appears to be heterogenous with respect to level of nutrition, severity of glucose intolerance, B-cell function, response to therapy and the occurrence of microvascular complications.

Key words

Tropical pancreatic diabetes heterogeneity ketosis-resistant C-peptide microangiopathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Mohan
    • 2
  • R. Mohan
    • 2
  • L. Susheela
    • 2
  • C. Snehalatha
    • 2
  • G. Bharani
    • 2
  • V. K. Mahajan
    • 2
  • A. Ramachandran
    • 2
  • M. Viswanathan
    • 2
  • E. M. Kohner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Diabetes Research CentreMadrasIndia

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