Back to Diabetes Basics Neonatal Diabetes - Diagnosis Before Age 1

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
phone 773-702-9180
fax 773-702-2771

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
Barrack Road

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April 15, 2008

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