The Diabetes International Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of the disease; the symptoms, different types of diabetes and treatments available. Most people believe there are only two types of diabetes...Type 1 and Type 2. Not true. There are many different types of diabetes and researchers continue to identify other forms that exist called Monogenic Diabetes or MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young).
Monogenic Diabetes is caused from a gene mutation and the symptoms mimic Type 1. The difference? Once a patient is identified and properly diagnosed as having Monogenic Diabetes, at times, the patient is able to transition off of insulin shots or insulin pump therapy and take oral diabetes meds daily to manage their diabetes successfully without carb counting and finger pricking multiple times per day.
Doctors and scientists believe there may be up to 500,000 people in the U.S. and 5,000,000 in the world that are misdiagnosed as having Type 1, and may have Monogenic Diabetes. Once identified, truly life changing for not only the patient...but the whole family.
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Christine Sewers, Founder
Type 1 Diabetes International Foundation
DBA Diabetes International Foundation
Recognized as an official 501c3 non-profit foundation
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