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Re: [IP] Type I in Older Folks

The most common types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In every
type of diabetes, the patientbs blood sugar levels are high because there is
not enough insulin to keep the blood sugar levels normal.
There is another type of diabetes that is often misdiagnosed as type 1 or type
2 diabetes, called bmonogenic diabetes.b Different types of monogenic
diabetes include neonatal diabetes and MODY (maturity onset diabetes of the
Monogenic diabetes happens when there is a mutation in a single gene of the
diabetic person. The human body has about 30,000 individual genes. So far,
more than 20 genes have been linked to monogenic diabetes. An mutation in any
one of these genes can cause a child or adult to develop monogenic diabetes.
Some examples include:
MODY, most commonly caused by mutations in the HNF1A gene or the GCK gene
Neonatal diabetes, most commonly caused by mutations in the KCNJ11, ABCC8 or
INS genes
Scientists do not yet understand exactly why genetic mutations occur. If an
individual has a mutated gene, this mutation may be passed from parents to
their children. Some mutations occur spontaneously in an individual, and some
are down from one generation to the next.
Learn more about the genetics of monogenic diabetes.

Did You Know?
Some forms of monogenic diabetes have symptoms that are moderate or absent,
such as MODY caused by a mutation in the GCK gene. Frequently, this condition
causes such mild changes in blood sugar levels that it remains unnoticed, and
only comes to light during a routine health screening.  With rare exception,
GCK-MODY requires no treatment at all.
Other forms of monogenic diabetes have more serious effects on blood sugar
levels and will cause long-term complications without treatment. Patients
might need frequent insulin injections and other medical interventions.

Learn more about the different forms of neonatal diabetes.
Learn more about the different forms of MODY.
Learn about the MODY REGISTRY.

On Jul 31, 2012, at 5:43 PM, pauline hubman <email @ redacted> wrote:

> i was dignosed at Type 2 and  went to a diabetic dr. and time i told him ,
> how many of my relatives were diabetic , he threw up his hands
> and said, type 1, . never heard of magne.  gentic problem,  i will go on
> their site,  thanks for the information.   lovae this ip site.  never stop
> learning.
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM, Susan Lane <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> Signe, I think you're correct about there not being enough endos to go
>> around. They are just inundated with type 2's and thyroid problems.  They
>> just don't have the time to properly educate a type 1 diabetic.  When I
>> first diagnosed, my endo at the time told me that she just didn't have the
>> time to answer my questions, so I should probably find someone else and
>> would be glad to send them my records.  That was after calling three times
>> in five weeks with questions.  Boy did I feel lost at sea.  That was when
>> started to read and that helped me the most. Susan
>> On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Signe Myhren <email @ redacted>
>> wrote:
>>> My endo told me that people can be diagnosed with Type I at any age. She
>>> said
>>> she had a patient diagnosed at 80 with Type I, and that that person is
>> now
>>> close
>>> to 90 and doing just fine! It's such a shame that so many doctors think
>>> Type I
>>> is still limited to juveniles. I heard awhile back that there are just
>> not
>>> enough endocrinologists out there. I don't know if that is true, but it's
>>> possible that, with managed care, people are being diagnosed with Type II
>>> by
>>> doctors who just don't know the facts.
>>> In my own family, I was diagnosed at 16, my brother at 14, a first
>> cousin
>>> at 9,
>>> his sister while in her 20s and pregnant, their Mom (my aunt) at age 75.
>>> Then
>>> (on that same side of the family) another cousin was diagnosed at age 50.
>>> On the
>>> other side of my family, I had a cousin diagnosed at 17, while his
>>> identical
>>> twin wasn't diagnosed till age 27. All these folks have Type I.
>>> Signe
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>> .
>> .
> .
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