What is type 1.5 diabetes ? About?
Type 1.5 diabetes also known as Slow Onset Type 1 and LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) is used for adults who are diagnosed with diabetes, they don’t need insulin and are not even overweight and have no resistance to insulin. When special tests were done on them it was found that have antibodies especially GAD65 that attack their beta cells.
Type 1.5 diabetes is found in people who are older than 25 years and it is also found in people as old as 80 years.
The onset of Type 1.5 diabetes is slower in adults than in youngsters and you can control it without going on insulin as your body can still make its own insulin but when your sugar levels gets out of control then you can opt for insulin with proper exercise regime. According to the studies in half of the people diagnosed with this disease have to use insulin after 4 years of diagnosis.
People have Type 1.5 diabetes is due to the fact that they are not physically fit and slender but one point must be noted that it might be not the case always. People diagnosed with this disease are also said to have “double diabetes” as because they show both the autoimmune destruction of beta cells of Type 1 diabetes and the insulin resistance characteristic of Type 2 diabetes.
Often misdiagnosis happens so you need to get tests done of your antibodies to confirm that you have LADA so that proper medicines can be given.
One benefit which is associated with this disease is that if you are able to control your sugar level well then you don’t have high risk of heart problems.