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Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young or MODY affects 1-2% of people with diabetes, although it often goes unrecognised. The 3 main features of MODY are:

Diabetes often develops before the age of 25

Diabetes runs in families from one generation to the next

Diabetes may be treated by diet or tablets and does not always need insulin treatment

MODY runs in families because of a change in a single gene which is passed on by affected parents to their children. We call this Autosomal Dominant Inheritance. All children of an affected parent with MODY have a 50% chance of inheriting the affected gene and developing MODY themselves.

Definition from Diabetesgenes website: MODY

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