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Some Type 2 diabetes patients are misdiagnosed

There are thousands of people in Ohio and tens of millions of people nationwide that live with diabetes. This disorder that inhibits processing of insulin comes in several forms, some often diagnosed among children and others among adults. Treatments may include supplemental insulin, medications to lower blood sugar, changes to diet and other lifestyle alterations, and those treatments may vary considerably depending on the type of diabetes the person has. While diabetes is quite common, many people may also be misdiagnosed with the wrong type of diabetes. Misdiagnosed patients may receive the wrong type of treatment as a result, leading to ineffective blood sugar control and other negative health conditions.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of the disorder. It typically develops as a form of insulin among adults, and over time, b-cell insulin secretion goes down. On the other hand, Type 1 diabetes, which is sometimes called juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disorder that leads to destruction of the b-cells. Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults, or LADA, is similar to Type 1 diabetes in that it is an autoimmune disorder; however, it develops gradually and is typically diagnosed among adults.

Because LADA is far less common than Type 2 diabetes, some people who are diagnosed with the latter are actually suffering from the autoimmune disorder. Medications and treatments for Type 2 diabetes are often ineffective for these patients, who need insulin injections like Type 1 patients. Up to 15% of people with LADA were originally misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

When people are misdiagnosed with the wrong type of diabetes, they may notice that their symptoms do not improve and face long-term negative health consequences. People who have suffered as a result of a doctor's error may consult with a medical malpractice attorney about their options to seek compensation.

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