What is latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA)?

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Discovered relatively recently, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) -- sometimes called type 1.5 -- accounts for an estimated 10% of people with diabetes. LADA has been characterized as a slowly progressing version of type 1, with insulin dependence usually developing over a period of about six years (rather than the immediate dependence at the time of diagnosis seen in people with type 1). Research into the definition and development of LADA is ongoing.

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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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