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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?
Download and complete this LADA screening checklist. If you answer YES to two or more of the questions, take the checklist to your doctor and talk to him about whether or not you should be tested for latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.

LADA videos from the patient's perspective

LADA stories in our Forum and Blogs

Faces of LADA
Upload your photo and add "LADA" as a tag (you can also add the LADA tag to any or your existing photos), so we can add you to this slideshow.
Other Resources
Featured LADA bloggers and Twitter users

Raise awareness about LADA during LADA Awareness Week
2) Add one of the two LADA Awareness Week badge to your blog or website and link them to (this page) or
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Last updated by Manny Hernandez Oct 12, 2011.



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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


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