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Ketosis-Prone Diabetes (Flatbush Diabetes): an Emerging Worldwide Clinically Important Entity.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ketosis-prone diabetes or Flatbush diabetes has been widely recognized as a clinical entity since 1984. Most of the early clinical studies focused on African American or Afro-Caribbean individuals. It is now being recognized as an important clinical entity in sub-Saharan Africans, Asian and Indian populations, and Hispanic populations. Major questions remain as to its pathogenesis and whether it is a unique type of diabetes or a subset of more severe type 2 diabetes with greater loss of insulin action in target tissues. This review summarizes the main clinical and mechanistic studies to improve the understanding of ketosis-prone (Flatbush) diabetes.

RECENT FINDINGS: Little data are available on the magnitude of KPD in the different susceptible populations. It is relatively common in black populations. KPD is defined as a syndrome in which diabetes commences with ketoacidosis in individuals who are GAD and anti-islet cell antibody negative and have no known precipitating causes. The patients present during middle age, are overweight or mildly obese, and in many reports are more likely to be male. After intensive initial insulin therapy, many patients become insulin independent and can be well controlled on diet alone or diet plus oral medications. The clinical course of KPD is like that of patients with type 2 diabetes rather than that of type 1 diabetes. Little differences are found in the clinical characteristics and clinical outcomes between patients presenting with KPD and those presenting with severe hyperglycemia with no ketoacidosis. The mechanisms responsible for the development of ketosis-prone diabetes as well its remission remain unknown.

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