Have You Heard of This? LADA, or “Type 1.5 Diabetes” — Apparently It’s a Thing!

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You’ve heard of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Maybe you even have a relatively good understanding of what each is… what their differences are, the similarities. You might even have an understanding of how each are treated.

If you really understand diabetes, you might have even heard of gestational diabetes. Which means you know that most women are actually insulin resistant later in their pregnancies, and that while most gestational diabetes goes away after a woman gives birth, that it actually increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

If you know those things, you might think you really understand diabetes. But do you?

Did you know there’s also a type of diabetes called Latent Autoimmune Diabetes (LADA), or type 1.5? This type of diabetes shares similar characteristics with both type 1 and type 2.

Like type 2, LADA sneaks up on you slowly, and like type 1, your body also attacks insulin producing cells. But there are also differences.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about the symptoms, how an individual is diagnosed with LADA, and what the treatment process looks like for people with type 1.5.

As always, make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.