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LADA frequently misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes

Latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood (LADA) is often diagnosed in people who are over thirty. It is also known as slow-onset type 1 diabetes, late-onset autoimmune diabetes of adulthood and type 1.5 diabetes. It is caused by the bodies own immune system attacking and destroying pancreatic cells. Cell destruction occurs over many years whereas the normal type 1A diabetes occurs over days or months. The late onset of LADA often leads to a misdiagnosis as type 2 diabetes but a blood test can confirm a diagnosis. Treatment of all types of type 1 diabetes involves insulin injection.

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About: LADA frequently misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes

Date: 3 December 2004

Source: About

Author: Paula Ford-Martin

URL: http://diabetes.about.com/cs/type1diabetes/a/type_1_subtypes_4.htm

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