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LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes of adults)

This is a relatively new term that refers to a slowly developing type 1 diabetes that is diagnosed in adults.

This form of type diabetes is usually non-insulin dependent at first, but normally progresses to insulin dependence, requiring injections. The term is not widely used amongst diabetes experts, because the rate at which beta cells are destroyed – leading to type 1 diabetes – is known to be quite variable between different people. People with this form of diabetes are often misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes because they will have similar symptoms at first. They may be treated with tablets, but will usually progress to needing insulin injections. 

Low blood sugar 

(see Hypoglycaemia)