Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA)

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Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), type 1.5 diabetes

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), or type 1.5 diabetes, is a type of diabetes where the body does not appropriately produce a chemical called insulin. Insulin is a messenger that tells the body to break down sugars to make energy needed for daily life. For people with LADA, however, their body cannot convert sugar to energy the same way most people’s bodies do. LADA typically presents later in life (ages 45-60) and is often confused with type 2 diabetes during diagnosis because of their similar symptoms. Like type 2 diabetes, the symptoms for LADA include excessive thirst and drinking of water, frequent urination, and blurry vision. People diagnosed with LADA are also frequently overweight. However, the onset of LADA is very slow. This is due progressive effects of the disease on a person’s pancreas, an organ in the abdomen which produces insulin. LADA can often be managed with exercise, diet, and medications initially, however, as the disease progresses a person will typically require insulin injections. LADA typically requires lifelong management, but with appropriate treatment a patient can live a normal, healthy life.

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