type 1a diabetes mellitus


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type 1a diabetes mellitus

The most common form of type 1 DM. It is caused by autoimmune destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas and inadequate insulin production. In type 1a DM, antibodies against insulin, islet cells of the pancreas, or glutamic acid decarboxylase is often present in the blood. The patient is prone to develop diabetic ketoacidosis if he or she is not treated with insulin.
See also: diabetes