What is atypical diabetes?

Atypical diabetes is a rare form of diabetes. Atypical diabetes, like type 1, is diagnosed when an individual presents with diabetic ketoacidosis. However, unlike type 1, people with atypical diabetes spontaneously go into remission and become insulin-independent, usually a few weeks after being diagnosed. They also do not have the antibodies found in people with type 1. A dramatic decrease in the amount of insulin needed in the weeks following diagnosis may be a sign of atypical diabetes. Many people with atypical diabetes relapse within two years of diagnosis and require oral medications or low-dose insulin therapy to manage their blood sugar. Others, however, remain insulin-independent for the rest of their lives.

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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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