Chapter 3. Commentary on the Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes

  1. William H. Herman2,
  2. Ann Louise Kinmonth3,
  3. Nicholas J. Wareham4 and
  4. Rhys Williams5
  1. Stephen O'Rahilly1 and
  2. Nicholas J. Wareham4

Published Online: 12 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682807.ch3

The Evidence Base for Diabetes Care, Second Edition

The Evidence Base for Diabetes Care, Second Edition

How to Cite

O'Rahilly, S. and Wareham, N. J. (2010) Commentary on the Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes, in The Evidence Base for Diabetes Care, Second Edition (eds W. H. Herman, A. L. Kinmonth, N. J. Wareham and R. Williams), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682807.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

  2. 3

    General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

  3. 4

    MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

  4. 5

    School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

  2. 4

    MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470032749

Online ISBN: 9780470682807

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Keywords:

  • commentary on classification and diagnosis of diabetes;
  • Max de Courten and taxonomy of diabetes - historical account of concepts;
  • classification of natural phenomena into aetiological subgroups - a strong human instinct;
  • Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) type diabetes;
  • Hepatocyte Nuclear Factors (HNFs);
  • WHO classification - diabetes as type 1, type 2, ‘other specific types’ and gestational diabetes;
  • gulf between, what is possible in research settings and in real life situation of busy clinical practice;
  • oral glucose tolerance test - for defining type 2 diabetes;
  • recent ADA/IDF/EASD-convened expert group - moving to HbA1c-based definition of diabetes;
  • requirements for better system of diagnostic classification and staging

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Diagnosis

  • Classification

  • Staging

  • References