Maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) refers to any of several hereditary forms of diabetes caused by mutations in an autosomal dominant gene disrupting insulin production. MODY is more likely to affect adolescents and young adults, but it can occur at any age. Just like other forms of diabetes, MODY can cause complications throughout the body, including increased risk of heart and vascular disease, kidney disease, and blindness. Blood sugars will continue to rise, causing:
• Frequent urination
• Increased thirst
• Weight loss.
HOW IS MATURITY ONSET DIABETES OF THE YOUNG DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of MODY is done by:
• blood taken for pancreatic antibodies and blood or urine tested for C-peptide.
• blood taken for genetic testing.
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 not treated on time, this disease could lead to permanent damage to the blood vessels along with other similar issues.