Can type 1 diabetes be confused with type 2 diabetes in adults? While these are very different diseases, with type 1 diabetes an autoimmune disease and type 2 caused by insulin resistance, the common elements these diseases share may confuse both the doctor and the patient. While type I diabetes is more common in children and type II diabetes usually presents in adults, type 1 diabetes may present in adults. Called Latent autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) it presents slower than type I in children and can appear like type 2 diabetes that is more difficult to control at onset or suddenly becomes harder to control. The progression of this disease as well as an antibody test can help with diagnosis. This disease requires insulin as the oral agents are not effective. See the link for the full story. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444840104577553462450522098.html
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