Diabetapedia definition: Often classified as adult onset type 1 diabetes, overlapping qualities from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes into a form that often confuses both patients and experts. Patients diagnosed with LADA have existing autoantibodies in their blood similar to people with type 1, but they still produce their own insulin, yet often lose their insulin-producing beta cells at a slower rate than typically seen in type 1 patients.
Reference: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
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