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Moody Diabetes?

spanncakes Community Member June 29, 2009
  • My daughter was diagnosed 2years ago-age 14- and is still considered in the "honeymoon stage" This means her total intake of insulin based on body weight is very low (equal to the insulin dose of a 5 year old)because her pancreas is still producing insulin.  We were told the older you are when diagnosed, the shorter the honeymoon period. Average for a 14 year old is 3-4 months. While this saves us lots of money for insulin, it's pretty odd. We were told they like you to be out of honeymoon for at least a year and have your numbers under control before going on an insulin pump. I would really like to get her on the pump before she starts college as an independent adult, and is no longer under my watch. But I guess we will deal with all of this as it comes, because that's what you do with Type 1 diabetes-just deal with what you are given and keep a positive attitude about it all.

    We heard someone at the endochrinology clinic mention "Moody diabetes", and that there is a test they can do to see if you have it, but only if the honeymoon lasts over a year. Has anyone else heard of this? If so what is it really called, and what is this test?

     

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  • Dr. Fran Cogen
    Health Pro
    Jun. 30, 2009

    Good morning: MODY(mature onset diabetes of youth) diabetes is a genetic form of diabetes that often presents like type 2 diabetes and may or may not require insulin at different times of one's life. Often one sees a family history which might make one suspect the possibility of MODY Diabetes. There are genetic tests that can be sent to labs such as ATHENA...

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    Good morning: MODY(mature onset diabetes of youth) diabetes is a genetic form of diabetes that often presents like type 2 diabetes and may or may not require insulin at different times of one's life. Often one sees a family history which might make one suspect the possibility of MODY Diabetes. There are genetic tests that can be sent to labs such as ATHENA that can diagnose the most common forms of diabetes. 

     

    One can also check for the presence of GAD-65 antibodies to see if there is any autoimmunity associated with type 1 diabetes. 

     

    It is not uncommon to see insulin production even two years after diagnosis (honeymoon period).

     

    I hope this information has been helpful. 

    • spanncakes
      Jun. 30, 2009

      Thank you. That is very helpful information that I can take to our next endochrinology appointment. I appreciate the info!

  • Dr. Fran Cogen
    Health Pro
    Jun. 30, 2009

    I would like to clarify: the genetic tests sent to Athena labs will diagnose the most common forms of MODY diabetes.