Researchers are still trying to pan out the details, but in general, LADA is known to:

  • develop in adulthood
  • have a slower course of onset than type 1 diabetes
  • often occur in people who are not overweight
  • often occur in people who don’t have other metabolic issues, such as high blood pressure and high triglycerides
  • result in a positive test for antibodies against the islet cells

The symptoms of LADA are similar to those of type 2 diabetes, including:

  • excessive thirst
  • excessive urination
  • blurred vision
  • high levels of sugar in the blood
  • high levels of sugar in the urine
  • dry skin
  • fatigue
  • tingling in the hands or feet
  • frequent bladder and skin infections

In addition, the treatment plan for LADA and type 2 diabetes are similar at first.