This week is an important week in the diabetes online world. It has been designated as L.A.D.A. Awareness Week. Most people do not know what LADA is. I didn’t know what it was until I began interacting with the Diabetes Online Community.(I obviously don’t have LADA being diagnosed at age 11).
LADA stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, and can also be referred to as Type 1.5 diabetes. LADA looks differently in each person, like all types of diabetes. LADA patients are usually diagnosed after the age of 18. Many times, LADA patients have a longer “honeymoon” period, and some are even able to treat their diabetes with type 2 methods such as diet, exercise, and oral medication, without insulin, for up to several years. But eventually, like in type 1, the honeymoon period ends, the pancreas ceases insulin production, and the use of insulin injections is required. Because of this strange behavior, many people with type 1.5 are misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Right now on D-Life, there is a slide show that presents the stories of seven people with LADA. There is a page with a great video from Manny Hernandez on Tudiabetes describing LADA from the patient’s perspective. I encourage you to check those things out.
I also encourage you, if you feel you have been misdiagnosed, to consult your doctor about having a c-peptide test done. This test will tell your doctor if you have the antibodies present that indicate an auto immune response cause to your diabetes rather than a metabolic one.
Have a great weekend, and yes, I am back to blogging for now!