Mastering Blood Sugar

Navigating LADA: Strategies for Blood Sugar Control and Emotional Well-being

June 20, 2023 Dr. Brian Mowll Season 1 Episode 47
Mastering Blood Sugar
Navigating LADA: Strategies for Blood Sugar Control and Emotional Well-being
Show Notes

In this episode, CJ Walker, also known as the Genetic Diabetic, speaks about LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood), a condition often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes. CJ shares her personal experience with being misdiagnosed and ultimately diagnosed with LADA and discusses the key things to know about this condition. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning more about LADA and how it differs from other types of diabetes. Listeners will gain valuable insights into this lesser-known form of diabetes and learn how to recognize the symptoms and seek appropriate care.

LADA: The Diabetes That Falls in Between

LADA, or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood, is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. Some people call it type 1.5 diabetes, as it shares characteristics of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. LADA is a form of diabetes caused by an autoimmune response that attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This results in gradually losing insulin production, leading to high blood sugar levels.

One of the key differences between type 2 diabetes and LADA is the age of onset. Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in adults over the age of 45, while LADA can occur at any age but is most commonly diagnosed in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. Additionally, LADA is more common in people who are not overweight or obese, while type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity.

Advocating for Diabetes: A Never-Ending Fight

Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires constant advocacy; this is especially true for those with LADA, a form of diabetes that is often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes. CJ shares her experience of being misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes and her frustration with ineffective treatments. It was only after advocating for herself and doing her research that CJ could receive a proper diagnosis of LADA. CJ highlights the need for individuals with diabetes to be proactive in their healthcare and not be afraid to speak up and ask questions.

LADA: The Autoimmune Diabetes That Needs Careful Management

LADA, a form of diabetes with an autoimmune origin, involves the immune system attacking healthy tissues and cells. Unlike type 1 diabetes, LADA progresses slowly and is often diagnosed in adulthood. To preserve pancreatic function and insulin production, it is important to manage LADA by minimizing stress on the pancreas. This includes avoiding processed sugars and refined flour that can trigger insulin surges. While an ultra-low-carb or keto diet isn't required, it's essential to be mindful of food choices and their impact on blood sugar levels.

Key Takeaways:

[00:21] LADA, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood
[04:14] Type 1.5 diabetes diagnosis
[08:27] Autoimmune conditions and proper diagnosis
[14:39] Managing diabetes takes decision-making
[16:39] Hormonal differences in diabetes
[21:09] Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults
[25:03] Managing LADA with medications
[29:14] Diabetes support and resources



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