Monogenic Diabetes is a condition caused by a single genetic factor (hence "monogenic") as opposed to type 1 and type 2 which involve a number of genetic factors. There are a number different kinds of monogenci diabetes, with new kinds being added continuously. Key attributes of monogenic diabetes are that you have them from birth, but they may not be noticed or diagnosed till much later in life. In most cases, they don't respond typically to Type 2 oral medications, although some forms do respond well to certain medications or insulin. Unfortunately, the proper diagnosis of monogenic diabetes is difficult. Some cases are diagnoses immediately in babies or young children, but many only become evident later in life and most doctors are not aware of the condition and how to diagnose and treat. Testing for the condition involves genetic testing, which in the U.S. has been very expensive. Even when you get a proper diagnosis, proper treatment guidelines are not well established.
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