To help increase understanding and reduce misdiagnosis of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) and dLife
announce the first annual LADA Awareness Week
for the diabetes community. DHF and dLife – in partnership with other participating advocacy groups and people living with diabetes – will offer important information, tools, and tips for recognizing and diagnosing LADA.
This annual week long event starts on the third Monday of October. For 2011, LADA Awareness Week is from Monday, October 17 to Sunday, October 23.
An estimated 10 percent of Americans with diabetes have LADA. LADA is different and distinct from type 2 diabetes, yet people with LADA are often misdiagnosed because both occur in adulthood and share similar symptoms. Over time, this misdiagnosis can result in out-of-control blood sugars, which can lead to serious and life-threatening diabetic complications. The goal of LADA Awareness Week is to help misdiagnosed patients recognize the signs of LADA and talk to their doctor about testing and treatment.
What is LADA?
LADA stands for latent autoimmune diabetes in adults. It is a slowly-progressing form of type 1 diabetes, sometimes called type 1.5, that is diagnosed in adulthood. Like ‘regular’ type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune process of LADA destroys cells in the pancreas, requiring eventual insulin treatment.
Are you at risk for LADA?