LADA Awareness Week

October 19-23, 2015

To help increase understanding and reduce misdiagnosis of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) and dLife united to create LADA Awareness Week to be recognized each year starting on the third Monday in October.

DHF and dLife — in partnership with other participating advocacy groups and people living with diabetes – will offer important information, tools, and tips for recognizing and diagnosing LADA.

About LADA
An estimated 10 percent of Americans with diabetes have LADA. LADA is different and distinct from type 2 diabetes, yet people with LADA are often misdiagnosed because both occur in adulthood and share similar symptoms. Over time, this misdiagnosis can result in out-of-control blood sugars, which can lead to serious and life-threatening diabetic complications. The goal of LADA Awareness Week is to help misdiagnosed patients recognize the signs of LADA and talk to their doctor about testing and treatment.

Faces of LADA

Meet the "Faces of LADA." Seven very different lives disrupted by more than seven incorrect diabetes diagnoses. The real culprit? A rare form of diabetes that is beginning to garner more attention as awareness of the condition grows.

Get Educated


Reviewed by Dr. Jason C. Baker, M.D. 05/11

Last Modified Date: October 15, 2015

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