Thousands with type two diabetes are misdiagnosed

November 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Kansas City, MO - Most have heard of type one and type two diabetes, but one-point-five? What is it and how is it so often misdiagnosed? It's referred to as LADA in the medical field, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, and it's basically the adult version of type one diabetes. Doctor Brandon Barthel with Truman Medical Center says most adults are diagnosed with type two diabetes. 

"And that tends to be associated with lifestyle factors, being overweight and developing insulin resistance," explains Doctor Barthel.

According to studies, roughly ten percent diagnosed with type two diabetes have LADA. Symptoms can present themselves as high blood sugars, like fatigue, brain fog, and blurry vision, but those with an autoimmune disease are at higher risk. He says people with one autoimmune disease tend to have more. 

Dr. Barthel says another good indicator is if a patient has a healthy body mass index, but has been diagnosed with type two diabetes. 

It can be dangerous for those misdiagnosed, "They may have some residual insulin for a long time and it declines slowly, but the worry is at some point it's going to stop or it's going to hit a critical point where they don't produce enough insulin and they need insulin injections," explains Doctor Barthel.

He says it can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms often look the same in type one and type two diabetes. 

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