Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young is defined as a kind of diabetes that is hereditary in nature but occurs because of mutations in an autosomal dominant gene. This is also termed as monogenic diabetes that tends to occur in much earlier stages of life. The symptoms associated here are quite similar to diabetes that includes high levels of sugar in the blood, dizziness, fatigue, etc.
HOW IS MATURITY ONSET DIABETES OF THE YOUNG DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will test for MODY with blood and urine tests. Typically, parents who have diabetes at the time of childbirth should opt for genetic testing to identify the chances of passing on the disease to their child.
HOW IS MATURITY ONSET DIABETES OF THE YOUNG TREATED?
Unlike typical diabetes types, Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young may not require insulin management in some cases. Treatment with sulfonylureas has been adopted by endocrinologists in some cases
DID YOU KNOW?
If a child does inherit the mutation they will generally go on to develop MODY before they're 25, whatever their weight, lifestyle, ethnic group etc. But because MODY is so rare, doctors may not be aware of it, so it’s estimated that about 90% of people with it are mistakenly diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes at first.