MODY is a rare form of diabetes and is caused by a mutation or change in a single gene. If a parent has this gene mutation, their children, have a 50% chance of inheriting it from them. They will generally go on to develop MODY before they're 25, whatever their weight, lifestyle or ethnic group. However they may not necessarily require insulin therapy.
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. It is estimated that about 90% of people with MODY are misdiagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes at first.
|Date last reviewed: 07/08/2015 ( to be reviewed by 07/08/2016 )|
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