Sometimes diabetes is caused by a defect in a single gene. These types of diabetes are called monogenetic diabetes.
The two main forms of monogenic diabetes are:
- Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) that may first occur in children or adolescents, but may not be detected until adulthood; and,
- Neonatal diabetes that occurs in newborns and infants
Some monogenic forms of diabetes can be treated with oral diabetes medications, while other forms require insulin injections.« Back to Glossary Index