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Wellness Wednesday: Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY)

Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is a form of diabetes caused by a mutation in one of eleven genes in a person’s DNA.

The mutations affect different organs throughout the body and ultimately cause difficulty regulating blood sugar. A person can inherit MODY by inheriting one copy of a gene mutation, unlike type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

MODY is generally diagnosed from late childhood to adulthood - usually before 25 years old (and rarely after 35 years old). MODY may affect a higher number of people, because 80% of cases are misdiagnosed as diabetes types 1 or 2.

It is possible to pass MODY from parent to child. Children with one affected parent have a 50% chance of developing MODY. However, mutations can still occur randomly and impact generations in which neither parent carries the mutation.

A person living with MODY is not insulin dependent, meaning that those affected still produce some insulin.

🔹MODY Symptoms🔹

In general, MODY symptoms are the same as other types of diabetes - thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss, but some types of MODY may not produce any symptoms.

🔹Diagnosing MODY🔹

An A1C blood test is used to determine your average blood glucose level in all types of diabetes, as well as other blood tests to rule out type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Whenever there is a possibility of MODY and one is less likely to be diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, a genetic test is done (using a blood sample). A genetic test (with a blood sample) can make a definitive MODY diagnosis.

🔹MODY Treatments🔹

MODY has 11 types caused by mutations in different genes, with four types being the most common. Treatment depends on which type you have, and your doctor will help you develop a plan to manage your blood sugar.

♦️MODY 1 (HNF4A gene)♦️
♦️MODY 3 (HNF1A gene)♦️
People with these types of MODY usually take oral sulfonylureas (pills) to lower their blood glucose; 30-40% will eventually need to take insulin to keep their blood sugar at normal levels.

♦️MODY 2 (GCK gene)♦️
In this type of MODY, fasting blood sugar levels remain elevated throughout a person's lifetime. Since it does not require any pills or insulin, it usually does not require treatment (and treatments are not usually required). Pregnant women with MODY 2 should monitor their blood glucose levels and their baby's growth carefully.

♦️MODY 5 (HNF1B gene)♦️
This condition involves a rare kidney disorder and insulin is often necessary.

Source: DiaTribe

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Talk About It Tuesday: Our Diabetes Story

For this Talk About It Tuesday, we’re sharing our diabetes stories 💙

Here’s my story:

In 2019, at 38 years old, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after a follow up doctor's appointment. I come from a family with a long history of diabetes from both sides of my family. In addition, I had gestational diabetes with two of my children. I tried everything I could to prevent diabetes, but it failed. I was devastated and angry, because I believed that my family history contributed to my diabetes. I began to worry about my kids' futures and their chances of having diabetes. I felt deeply sad, depressed and isolated.

Despite the devastation I felt, I knew I had to set an example for my family and for the future. I decided to take charge of my health and manage my condition the best I could. In addition to oral medications, I modified the way I ate and began exercising every day. I also sought support from local and diabetes online support groups and started advocating for others with diabetes.
Nearly three years later, my numbers are in-range and mentally I'm getting stronger every day.

No, everything is not perfect and there are plenty of difficult days. However, thanks to faith in God, a strong support system, and useful resources to manage diabetes, I'm much better off than where I was previously. For that, I am grateful.

Today, I encourage you to reflect on your diabetes journey, share your own story in the comments section or by creating a new post.

When we feel no one understands or cares, the reality is that just knowing that someone else gets it can inspire and motivate us.

That's awareness at work!

#Diabetes #DiabetesType2 #DiabetesType1 #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetes #prediabetes #ChronicIllness #MentalHealth #MightyMoment #MightyTogether #Awareness #Support

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National Diabetes Awareness Month

Here in the US, it’s the beginning of National Diabetes Awareness Month!

In addition to regular posts, we will have daily challenges and share additional content about diabetes awareness that you can share on your social pages or print out to share with your loved ones and your community.

Have you ever participated in Diabetes Awareness Month activities?
If so, share your experience 😀

#Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #DiabetesInsipidus #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetes #Education #Awareness #MadeVisible

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Who’s Who in Our Diabetes Support Community 😃

Let’s get to know our community better using emojis and sharing in the comments below:

💙- I live with type 2 diabetes
💜- I live with type 1 diabetes
💛- I live with prediabetes
💚- I live with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)
🧡- I live with MODY (Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young)
🖤- I live with type 3 c diabetes
💗- I live with gestational diabetes
💕- I live with diabetes insipidus
❤️- I care for someone living with diabetes
🤍- I’m a diabetes advocate
🤎- I’m here to learn about diabetes

This information will help me plan content based on the specific needs of our community.

Also, I love feedback and new ideas so feel free to add suggestions on what you would like to see in this group 😀

#DiabetesType2 #DiabetesType1 #prediabetes #Diabetes #DiabetesInsipidus #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetes #ChronicIllness #SupportGroups