- •Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is under diagnosed in acute and primary care settings.
- •LADA is often mismanaged as type 2 diabetes.
- •All adults presenting with new diabetes should be screened for LADA.
- •Expert guidance on diagnosis and management of LADA now available.
Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing form of autoimmune diabetes, accounts for 2%–12% of all diabetes. Pancreatic beta cell function eventually deteriorates, rendering the patient insulin dependent and at risk for serious complications. All newly presenting adult persons with diabetes should be screened for LADA. In particular, consider LADA in those adults with a personal or family history of autoimmune conditions or those persons diagnosed with type 2 diabetes initially controlled on evidence-based therapies but then become difficult to manage and exhibit signs, such as unintended weight loss, that are more typical of persons with type 1 diabetes.
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Vera Barton-Maxwell, PhD, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor of advanced nursing practice at Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC, and a nurse practitioner at Wheeling Health Right, Inc, Wheeling, WV. She can be contacted at [email protected]
Published online: February 17, 2023
In compliance with standard ethical guidelines, the author reports no relationships with business or industry that would pose a conflict of interest.
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