type 1.5

By 2catty Latest Reply 2008-12-18 16:23:13 -0600
Started 2008-12-17 20:07:28 -0600

Has anybody heard of diabetes 1.5 there seems to be a lot of talk about it amongst endo's. I have been reading it on www.tudiabetes.com. I am really curious about it. If you find out anything new let me know.

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Richard157 2008-12-17 20:59:44 -0600 Report

This the definition given on my home site.

"So what is type 1.5 diabetes? It depends upon whom you ask!

Typically, it refers to one of the following conditions:

LADA or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or Slow Onset Type 1. This is a form of type 1. It's an autoimmune disease diagnosed in those over 25 at age of diagnosis. It is different from regular type 1 in that it's onset is slow (even slower than the honeymoon phase of type 1) and many people won't even require insulin for the first year or two. Due to older age at diagnosis, and limit insulin dependency at diagnosis, it may be mistaken for type 2, but can be distinguished from type 2 by positive antibodies, limited risk factors for type 2, and a faster progression to insulin than type 2. NOTE: You are most likely not LADA if you are diagnosed type 1 at a later age. You can get type 1 diabetes at any age.

MODY or Maturity Onset Diabetes of Youth. Diagnosed in kids, this is a genetic form of diabetes that is known to run in families. It has many forms, MODY 3 being the most common. It is characterized by lower than normal insulin levels, lack of insulin resistance, a strong family history, and a young age at diagnosis. However, there is not absolute insulin deficiency, antibody testing will be negative, and it usually responds well to oral hyperglycemic agents. In other words, it may be treatable without insulin. There is genetic testing that can be done to diagnosis MODY, but it can be inconclusive."