Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA)

Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) is a form of diabetes that shares characteristics of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Often referred to as "Type 1.5 Diabetes," it's an autoimmune condition that typically develops in adulthood.


  • LADA involves an autoimmune attack on the pancreas's insulin-producing beta cells, similar to Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Unlike Type 1, which often develops rapidly, LADA progresses more slowly. Initially, the pancreas can still produce some insulin, but over time, insulin production decreases.


  • The exact cause of LADA is not fully understood but is believed to involve both genetic and environmental factors. 
  • Like Type 1 Diabetes, LADA is an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own insulin-producing cells.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Symptoms of LADA are similar to those of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, including increased thirst and urination, fatigue, and blurred vision. 
  • Because LADA develops slowly, symptoms might be less noticeable initially compared to Type 1 Diabetes.

Diagnosis and Management

LADA, commonly misidentified as Type 2 Diabetes due to its adult onset, requires distinct management as patients often don't respond to Type 2 treatments.

Diagnosis involves blood tests for sugar levels and autoantibodies to detect autoimmune activity. While LADA can initially be managed with oral medications, diet, and exercise akin to Type 2 Diabetes, insulin therapy becomes necessary as the patient's insulin production declines.

Here at NES, we offer holistic care for all diabetes forms, including LADA, focusing on whole-person health for effective physical and emotional management.

Dr. Linda Khoshaba is the Leading Integrative Health and Hormone Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has extensive experience working in the field as a Hormone Specialist and Natural Endocrinologist.

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