LADA is Type 1 diabetes. However, it is diagnosed in adults rather than in children.
Adults with LADA are often misdiagnosed as having Type 2, based on age rather than normal causes of Type 2.
People with mild LADA where the pancreas is still producing some amounts of insulin may be able to recover to normal blood sugar levels. They should minimize insulin, drugs, and therapies that increase levels of insulin and maximize lifestyle changes to restore the pancreas to normal insulin production.
Many LADA diabetics will require insulin injections for life as the pancreas is no longer producing insulin.
LADA may be treatable with no drugs or insulin or minimal amounts for those where the pancreas is still producing some insulin but requires careful medical supervision. An aggressive nutritional and lifestyle protocol is needed to reverse LADA quickly without risky drugs. While nutrition and lifestyle changes are far preferable to the use of medications and insulin, many uninformed doctors go straight to drugs.
If a doctor recommends drugs without first trying aggressive nutrition and lifestyle changes, it is time to find a better doctor.
Those with LADA often feel that having the condition is like having a second job. Such is the stress of monitoring blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin.