Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Other Diabetes: LADA, or Type 1.5

This is Lainey's grandpa's 1st cousin, H.J. We met him at a family reunion in July. H.J. was diagnosed with LADA (or Type 1.5 diabetes) when he was in his early 40's.

LADA stands for "latent autoimmune diabetes in adults". Read more about it HERE. H.J. is now insulin dependent.
H.J.'s grandpa (no direct relation to Lainey and me) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16, which was probably in the 1930's or 40's. He lived well into his sixties.
It was interesting to talk with H.J. about his diabetes, and of course Lainey thought it was cool that there was someone like her around.
A statistic on the growth of diabetes: out of the 70 people at our family reunion, 3 had type 1 (or type 1.5) diabetes.

1 comment:

Meridith said...

I had no idea!! That HJ had diabetes, and that there was such a thing as 1.5!!! oh my gosh I feel so out of the loop! must research....

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