If a diabetic doesn't quite fit the profile of someone with type 2, if Diabetes pills don't seem to be working well, or if you have some characteristics of type 1, perhaps you have Type 1.5 Diabetes. Hope the following text can help you have a better understanding about your disease.
1. Type 1.5 Diabetes refers to the onset of Type 1 diabetes in adults. It is
also known as Type 3 Diabetes, Slow Onset Type 1 or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes
in Adults (LADA).
2. People with this disease have antibodies in the blood, which show that the
immune system is attacking beta cells of the pancreas islet.
3. Symptoms of this disease may include being healthy looking, slim and
physical fit. Affected persons often have a lower risk of heart problems once
blood sugar is controlled.
4. Approximately 10% of patients with type 1.5 are misdiagnosed with type 2,
as people with the disease still make a certain amount of insulin.
5. Tests for various auto-antibodies are used to confirm the disease, such as
C peptide, and GAD antibody tests. Patients may have lower C-Peptide levels and
positive GAD antibodies.
6. Type 1.5 Diabetes patients may not have the immediate need of insulin, but
will generally need insulin within 4 years of diagnosis.
7. People with LADA do not have the degree of insulin resistance that persons
with type 2 have.
8. A low glycemic, carbohydrate, and fat diets or a combination of the three
can help patients to manage the illness.
9. Though people with type 1.5 are not overweight, exercise is of great value
for better condition.
10. The latest treatment for Type 1.5 Diabetes is Immunotherapy in China.
This therapy can help us repair the damaged pancreas and regulate the overall
immune system so as to treat the disease from the root.