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Unformatted text preview: The difference is that chronic pancreatitis causes damage to insulin producing beta cells and glucagon-producing alpha cells, which differs from type 1 or type 2 DM. The risk is prolonged and severe hypoglycemia with over vigorous insulin treatment. Diabetes mellitus appears to be nearly as common as steatorrhea in patients with far advanced chronic pancreatitis. One study indicated 83% of patients diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis developed diabetes mellitus 25 years later. Resources: http://www.mdconsult.com/books/page.do?sid=1134715505&eid=4-u1.0-B978-1-4160-6189-2. .00059-7--s0080&isbn=978-1-4160-6189-2&type=bookPage&sectionEid=4-u1.0-B978-1-4160-6189-2. .00059-7--s0110&uniqId=237741702-3 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/181364-overview...
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