Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY)

  • 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 per cent 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.
  • Cause : Diabetes involves a disruption of how blood sugar is kept in check by the hormone insulin. In Type-2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disorder, many genes and environmental factors combine to cause this disruption. In MODY, any one of the 14 genes, if defective, can hamper the body’s insulin usage and trigger Type-2 diabetes.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top