Other types of diabetes
Today we know there are many different types of diabetes, not just type 1 and type 2. Because the way these types are treated can be very different, it’s important to know which type you may have as early as possible.
Laboratory tests for diabetes that tell you the type
Quest Diagnostics offers laboratory testing that can help identify types of diabetes that are often hard to recognize.
- Gestational diabetes–occurs when a pregnant woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar
- Monogenic diabetes–often mistaken for type 1 or type 2, this kind of diabetes is hereditary and not usually treated with insulin. Neonatal diabetes is a rare type of monogenic diabetes that occurs within the first six months of life. The most common type is called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). Testing for MODY not only helps make sure patients get the right kind of treatment, but can also lead to identifying other family members who have it
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- Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA)–this type appears during adulthood and may not be treated with insulin. It can, however, turn into diabetes that requires insulin if it is not managed properly