The difference between Type 1.5 and Type 1

By Ginlea Latest Reply 2009-01-14 07:16:56 -0600
Started 2008-12-10 06:22:12 -0600

I know everything I need to know about Type 1 an 2 but I never really hear about 1.5
I tried researching this but I have not got much information about this.So what is Type 1.5?
How do they take insulin (pills or injections)
Why are they called 1.5?
And isnt it true that when you are a Type 1 you take isulin shots not pills?

4 replies

MeiMei 2009-01-13 14:15:23 -0600 Report

Actually type II diabetics can and probably should take some type of insulin, esp when they are not controlled well on pills alone.

kdroberts 2008-12-10 12:46:25 -0600 Report

My understanding is that there is really no difference and often just means an adult being diagnosed with type 1. The main difference between it and type 1 is that it can take a few years for the type 1 to really show itself in terms of GAD65 and orals not working. It's also known as LADA, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-14 07:16:56 -0600 Report

Thanks for clearing that up. I had heard that term used before and thought that the person was just trying to be cute. I didn't know that it really meant something.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 06:55:44 -0600 Report

My endocrinologist told me this, sometimes, a type 1 diabetes appears in a person's adult years. That is called late-onset type 1, or sometimes, type 1 1/2 diabetes. Around 10% of us are diabetic with type 1. Type 1 diabetes is thought to be autoimmune diaese. But this was how they explained it to me. I hope this helped a little…Debe

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