Diabetes Type 1.5

By vgarrison Latest Reply 2013-03-30 19:20:56 -0500
Started 2011-02-11 11:02:42 -0600

Has anyone ever heard of this…I was reading in a book last night and saw that it can be a name given to a D person that still produces a little of their own insulin but still has to take insulin injections. For whatever reason they cannot take oral meds.

I myself have been told that I am a type 2 from one doctor, but my current doctor says I'm a type 1. I have to take both long acting insulin as well as rapid insulin…I can eat no carbs for the day and still have a reading of 300 even after I have taken my long acting the night before…

I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever heard of a type 1.5??

Blessed Be

4 replies

Nicki99 2013-03-30 19:20:56 -0500 Report

I first found out that i was diabetic in the hospital- i had a real diabetic expert doctor. he told me i was a type 1.5, also called an "in betweener." He said we have some characteristics of type 1, and some characteristics of type 2, but that we DON'T all have the same set of characteristics. He said that many people diagnosed with type 2 are misdiagnosed 1.5s; that some doctors assume you are type 2 just because the diabetes was adult onset. I mostly take normal insulin, and only rarely need the fast acting. For me, sugar ( obviously,) white flour, white rice and potatoes shoot my glucose up, but complex carbohydrates ( other vegetables) have hardly any effect on me at all.

re1ndeer 2011-02-11 14:22:07 -0600 Report

I like you have been told by one doctor I'm Type 2 and by my current doctor Type 1. I'm on insulin therapy also, they tried pills for 3 months nothing worked.
I have heard of this type 1.5, but don't know what to make of it.

kdroberts 2011-02-11 11:25:04 -0600 Report

Yeah, it's official name is latent autoimmune diabetes in adults. It's not an official diagnosis but it shares the autoimmune attack that type 1 does but also some of the same genetics as type 2. There is another up and coming type called MODY, maturity onset diabetes of the young. A lot is being published about it but it's still not really understood. Here is some good info that links to more stuff.


You'll quickly see that type 2 is very much a 'junk' diagnosis and is starting to be split into different categories that better fit patients problems.