How does LADA differ from other types of diabetes?

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) -- sometimes called type 1.5 -- is considered to be closer in nature to type 1 than type 2 diabetes because people with LADA have the antibodies characteristic of type 1 in their blood. People with LADA tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people with type 2. They are also less likely to be able to manage their blood sugar levels with diet changes and oral medications.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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