Latest Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood (LADA) is sometimes called ‘type 1.5 diabetes’. It is a slow-developing form of diabetes that is sometimes mistaken for type 2 diabetes. In fact, about 10% of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may actually have LADA. People with LADA are not usually overweight but (as with type 1 diabetes) may have a family history of another autoimmune disease. A specific blood test will confirm diagnosis of LADA.
People with LADA usually progress onto requiring insulin fairly quickly after being diagnosed with diabetes – it cannot be managed by modifying lifestyle factors alone. In conjunction with your doctor, our Credentialled Diabetes Educators can help formulate a plan to best manage LADA.