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Endocrinology unit of a hospital, Savoie, France. Diabetic patients are hospitalized for a week to undergo an assessment, evolution of the diabetes, dietary habits and therapeutic education. A nurse teaches a patient who had type 1 diabetes how to use an Omnipo, an insulin pump without tubing, managed with an electronic control unit. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

For most of medical history, diabetes has been divided into two subgroups—Type 1 and Type 2—but according to new research, that may have been incorrect all along.

A new Scandinavian study, recently published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, suggests diabetes could actually be five different, genetically distinct diseases, with potentially different treatments for each.

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