Diabetes mellitus
Non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 8 December 2017, last major update August 2012

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Cite this page: Jain, D. Non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. website. Accessed March 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Also called adult onset, non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus / NIDDM, type 2
  • 80 - 90% of cases of diabetes (Wikipedia: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 [Accessed 8 December 2017])
  • Usually > 30 years old, obese (80% of cases, abdominal obesity more important than subcutaneous obesity), normal or increased blood insulin, rare diabetic ketoacidosis, no anti-islet antibodies
  • Normal insulin secretion and plasma levels but loss of pulsatile, oscillating pattern of secretion
  • Also loss of rapid first phase of insulin secretion triggered by glucose
  • NO insulinitis is present

  • Mild / moderate insulin deficiency, may be due to beta cell damage
  • Beta cells may be "exhausted" due to chronic hyperglycemia and persistent beta cell stimulation

  • 37 amino acid peptide, normally produced by beta cells, packaged and cosecreted with insulin
  • In NIDDM patients, tends to accumulate outside beta cells and resembles amyloid
Clinical features
  • 90%+ concordance in twins, apparently due to multiple genetic polymorphisms (no HLA association)
  • Due to insulin resistance (associated with obesity and pregnancy) or derangement in beta cell secretion of insulin
  • Associated with amyloid deposits in islets (amyloid associated with basement membrane heparan sulfate proteoglycan, Arch Pathol Lab Med 1992;116:951) and pituitary (Arch Pathol Lab Med 1995;119:1055)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Amyloid in the islets of Langerhans is the uniform pathologic feature
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Amyloid deposition in islets

Islet amyloid
polypeptide and
insulin expressing
cells in islets


Histopathology pancreas - type 2 diabetes mellitus