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^ Spotting the differences between type 1, latent autoimmune, and type 2 diabetes ^ Surveying diseases and agents that can cause diabetes ro paraphrase Senator Lloyd Bentsen in a famous vice presidential debate when he told Senator Dan Quayle that he was no Jack Kennedy, I know type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes is no type 1 diabetes. It's unfortunate that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes have the same name except for one digit. One always seems to be confused for the other despite the fact that their differences are numerous. If uncontrolled, both diseases are associated with high levels of blood glucose, leading to the same long-term complications, but even their long-term complications differ in some respects. To mix up matters even more, a form of diabetes called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) has features of both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. This chapter describes type 2 diabetes, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, and how they differ from type 1 diabetes so you can make sure that you (or your child) are diagnosed with and treated for the correct disease.
In addition, in order to really understand type 1 diabetes (or T1DM), you need to have a handle on other causes of diabetes, specifically conditions like Cushing's syndrome and acromegaly. Fortunately, certain other signs and symptoms identify these conditions, as you find out in this chapter.
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