It Happened to Me: Type 1 Diabetes in Adults is Often Misdiagnosed as Type 2

I was misdiagnosed with gestational and type 2 diabetes before getting the correct diagnosis of type 1 (LADA). I’ve heard the same story from many others. And a newly publicized report in Diabetologica puts out some statistics on this all too common mistake. Below is the press release that details the study:

New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) reveals that many cases of type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosed after the age of 30 are not being properly identified and are frequently misdiagnosed as being type 2 diabetes (T2D), potentially leading to delays in receiving appropriate treatment.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is a high-profile example of someone who was initially thought to have T2D, only to later return to her doctors when the medications for T2D did not work. She was subsequently diagnosed with T1D. (see link below)

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