It’s called type 1.5 diabetes, also known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). About 10% of people with diabetes have it, making it even more widespread than type 1.
Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? This may surprise you: An estimated 1 in 5 people with type 2 might have type 1.5 (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or LADA), a slow-progressing form of type 1. Just as its name implies, type 1.5 has characteristics that fall between type 1 and type 2, so it can be difficult to pinpoint. Yet it’s important to ensure your diagnosis is accurate because it can affect your treatment.
For example, oral medications may be ineffective in people with type 1.5. In fact, researchers have found that starting insulin earlier can help people with LADA achieve better blood sugar control, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. As researchers learn more about this subtype, treatment may become more targeted.
For now, discuss any concerns with your healthcare team to feel assured that your diagnosis and treatment are on track.
Type 2—or type 1.5?
Review these with your endocrinologist.