LADA (Type 1.5) The Other Diabetes!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-02-13 09:43:22 -0600
Started 2012-08-21 21:25:03 -0500

Once, there were two types of diabetes; children mainly got one type and adults mostly got the other.

Today, we know that younger people can get type 2 and that type 1 often appears in adulthood.

During pregnancy, women can get gestational diabetes, which resembles type 2 and usually disappears after childbirth. And scientists have identified several other diabetes subtypes beyond types 1 and 2. The most common of these is called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), and it accounts for roughly 10 percent of people with diabetes, making it probably more widespread than type 1.

So why haven’t more people heard of it?

LADA can be classified as a more slowly progressing variation of type 1 diabetes, yet it is often misdiagnosed as type 2. As of now, there is still a lot of uncertainty over how exactly to define LADA, how it develops, and how important it is for patients to know if they have it.

There was some hope that genetics would help to draw the diabetes boundaries. But a 2008 study in Diabetes found that, genetically, LADA has features of both type 1 and type 2. So, in autoantibodies and genetics, LADA appears to fall somewhere between types 1 and 2 on the diabetes spectrum, though perhaps closer to type 1.

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7 replies

Mirena 2013-02-13 09:42:53 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2009. But I feel like I have had it longer. I have an appointment with my doctor on Friday and I am going to talk to her about this to see if I was misdiagnosed 4 years ago and if my suspicions were right.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-22 21:56:09 -0500 Report

I was initially misdiagnosed with T2 in the emergency room. A peptide ttest and antibodies inidcated T1. I may fall into the 1.5 type but was never diagnosed with gestational diabetes, yet had a baby weighing almost 9 lbs. At 21 years old. Endo at the Mayo clinic thinks something was missed along the way. Antibodies are so high and according to Endo at Mayo clinic I am headed towards a T1 strong type. I asked and that means what? He said basically your body will require more insulin as this disease progresses. I plan to work at this, although lately I am baffled with changes in insulin requirements. ;-(

CJ55 2012-08-21 21:32:25 -0500 Report

Mays, how can you tell you are LADA? I feel like I am not a T 2 because no oral meds work, only high doses of insulin. I have "asked an expert" but no reply and I have asked twice.

Mirena 2013-02-13 09:43:22 -0600 Report

I just started taking a new medication about a month or so ago and its not working for me either.

MAYS 2012-08-22 02:22:22 -0500 Report

Only a medical test and diagnosis can determine this, some medical professionals don't like the designation of LADA (1.5) and just classify it as type 1 diabetes, and some as type 2 although it doesn't fall into either category!

The second page of the discussion that I posted may interest you:

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and easy to detect and diagnos in an individual, and will always require that individual to take insulin:

Did your doctor(s) say why you need such high doses of insulin, are you becoming much more insulin resistant as time passes?
When is your next medical (diabetes related) exam?


CJ55 2012-08-22 03:02:14 -0500 Report

I just went to pubmedhealth and read the entire article. It seems like I have all the symptoms of T1 but they are just like T2 symptoms as well.

CJ55 2012-08-22 02:51:29 -0500 Report

Hi Mays, I was told I was very insulin resistant and only take insulin. 2 different types 5 shots per day. I see my endo about every 2 weeks for something or I at least call her or she will just call me to see how I am doing. I have her private cell #. I just stopped all oral meds 2 months ago. Still getting the Byetta regulated. 10u 2 xs a day was making me very ill. I am now taking only 5 u 2xs a day and Im tolerating it better. I do take U-500(humlin R concentrated) very very expensive. 1 bottle with my insurance is still 165.00 per 3 1/2 weeks. Without insurance over 600 per bottle. I take 15-20 u 3 xs a day. 20 u equals 100 u of insulin.