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Testing and Diagnosis

 

There is a genetic test for MODY. This test can help diagnose most people who have MODY. Talk to your doctor about whether or not genetic testing is appropriate if you or your child is a diabetic patient that has symptoms that could be caused by MODY.

 

Athena Diagnostics offers a genetic test for MODY called the MODY Evaluation. For more information on the MODY Evaluation, please call 800-394-4493 extension 2 or email mody@athenadiagnostics.com.

 

Why a genetic test is important…

MODY is often confused with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.1 That means many patients with MODY are accidentally diagnosed with one of these other forms of diabetes. These patients are often not diagnosed correctly until they are adults, and sometimes, they may never be diagnosed with MODY. This is a problem because patients with MODY sometimes need different treatments than what patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes need.2

 

Why it's important to get the right treatment…

A person’s body may not produce enough insulin if they are not properly diagnosed and treated for MODY. Not having enough insulin can cause high blood sugar levels. This could hurt tissues in the body, particularly the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. These serious problems can be prevented if a patient is properly diagnosed with and treated for MODY.

 

What you can do…

The good news is that there is a genetic test for MODY. Athena Diagnostics offers a genetic test for MODY called the MODY Evaluation. If you or your child has symptoms that could be caused by MODY, talk with a doctor about whether or not genetic testing might be the right choice for you or your family.

 

Because MODY is usually inherited, there is a chance that several people in one family may have MODY. If you or your child is diagnosed with MODY, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether or not other family members should also be tested for MODY.

  1. Hattersley, A., et al., (2006) Pediatric Diabetes, 7:352–360. 
  2. Timsit, J., et al., (2005) Treat Endocrinol, 4:9-18.
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