Children who are diagnosed with diabetes before six months of age may have a very rare form of diabetes that is caused by a genetic condition rather than autoimmunity. If so, these children should be treated with oral sulfonylureas instead of insulin.
Testing for this genetic condition requires only saliva, obtained using a cotton-tipped swab. Parents who have children who were diagnosed before one year of age are highly encouraged to have this test performed.
All North American inquiries should be directed to Dr. Philipson at the University of Chicago:Louis Philipson, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Department of Medicine - Endocrinology Section
MC 1027 5841 S Maryland Ave
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Inquiries from other parts of the world should be directed to Dr. Andrew Hattersley in the UK at:Dr. Andrew Hattersley
Professor of Molecular Medicine
Peninsula Medical School
For More Information
- DiabetesGenes.org has information about this rare form of diabetes
- Monogenic Diabetes
- Switching from Insulin to Oral Sulfonylureas in Patients with Diabetes Due to Kir6.2 Mutations
- Activating Mutations in the ABCC8 Gene in Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus
- Drug Restores Insulin Secretion for Rare Type 1 Cases
- Molecular medicine comes to the rescue: Targeted therapy turns life around for child with neonatal diabetes
April 15, 2008
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