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DWELL newsletter No. 1
MODY is a rare form of diabetes which is different from both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and runs strongly in families.
MODY is caused by a mutation (or change) in a single gene. If a parent has this gene mutation, any child they have, has a 50% chance of inheriting it from them. 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.
The key features of MODY are:
Being diagnosed with diabetes under the age of 25.
Having a parent with diabetes, with diabetes in two or more generations.
Not necessarily needing insulin.
MODY is very rare compared with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes – experts estimate that only 1–2% of people with diabetes (20-40,000 people) in the UK have it. 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.
More information can be found at:-
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