Apr 09, 2018
LADA stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults
It is the slow onset of type 1 diabetes in adults. LADA progresses more slowly than type 1 diabetes. Adults with LADA may initially be diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes based on their age, particularly if they have risk factors for type 2 diabetes such as a strong family history of the condition or obesity. The diagnosis is based on the finding of high blood sugar together with the clinical impression that islet failure rather than insulin resistance is the main cause. It can only be treated with the usual oral treatments for type 2 diabetes for a certain period of time after which insulin treatment is usually necessary, as well as long-term monitoring for complications.