Other Types Of Diabetes

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MODY accounts for less than 5% of individuals diagnosed with diabetes.

Maturity Onset Diabetes Of the Young is diagnosed early in life and has no autoimmune basis.

Other is a “catch all” category that refers to other specific and unusual forms of diabetes. Traditional examples are single genetic defects (also known as Maturity Onset Diabetes Of the Young or MODY), cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, surgical causes and drug causes.

Currently, MODY accounts for less than 5% of individuals diagnosed with diabetes. If you have MODY, characteristically three or more generations and multiple family members have diabetes. Also the diabetes is diagnosed early in life and has no autoimmune basis. Some forms of MODY can be treated with diet alone, while other forms of MODY require pills or insulin therapy. With increased research into the genetic causes of diabetes, and the availability of the diagnostic tests, the diagnosis of families’ who have a single genetic defect or MODY will increase.

See our Classification Table for a more comprehensive list of other unusual forms of diabetes.

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