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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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