MODY


What the heck is that? Maturity onset diabetes in the young. It is a “hereditary” type  of diabetes. There are to date 11 types.

It is a form of diabetes that in a sense is “milder” and easier to control, however there are some subtypes where end organ damage occurs with serious gusto and is quite dramatic and thus typing is essential in terms of how important is becomes to get strict control in order to prevent end organ damage.

Often times MODY is completely undetected, flies low under the radar and can do for years. A simple glucose tolerance test will easily detect it and even a dipstick of urine would detect glucose in the urine.

It is fairly easily treated with oral agents (pills) and does NOT require insulin. In fact insulin may cause serious and dangerous lows.

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