Type 1.5 Diabetes or LADA- Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults


Feeling like you just didn’t fit the mold? 

Many people talk about their struggle prior to LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults)diagnosis with Type 1.5 Diabetes.  Most people have heard of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, while others are in the dark on this form of Diabetes.


Type 1.5 Diabetes (or LADA- Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)

as described by the NIDDK: ” Most people with LADA still produce their own insulin when first diagnosed, like those with Type 2 Diabetes, but within a few years, they must take insulin to control blood glucose levels. In LADA, as in Type 1 Diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas stop making insulin because the body’s immune system attacks and destroys them. Some experts believe that LADA is a slowly developing kind of Type 1 Diabetes.”

A significant amount of people diagnosed initially with Type 2 Diabetes are later diagnosed with Type 1.5 diabetes.  Most people with Type 1.5 have a thin body frame, are diagnosed as adults, become completely insulin dependent, and also have GAD (Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase) antibodies.  These features are unique to Type 1.5 diabetes. If you think you fit in this category, request further testing and consideration for this diagnosis by your practitioner.



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