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LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood)

 

One upon a time, there were just 2 known types of diabetes the child one and the adult one.  Sometimes however, patients who have received the diagnosis of being a type 2 diabetic, although they are not exhibiting the classic symptoms associated with being a T2 diabetic such as being obese and may lack ketoacidosis symptoms. Therefore, in some instances, a more accurate diagnosis would be Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood or LADA.  LADA accounts for roughly 6-10% of people with diabetes, making it more widespread than Type 1.

 

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LADA has the immune markers that are common to T1 diabetes, but does not require insulin in the early stages, basically it is a mix of both types 1 & 2. LADA is sometime therefore referred to as diabetes type 1.5. People with LADA may have to progress to insulin faster than a normal type 2 diabetic may need.

A GAD antibody test can measure the levels of pancreatic auto-antibodies that are used to identify LADA and can be used to predict the progression towards insulin dependency in the patient.

 

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