Our Approach to Care for Monogenic Diabetes
The overwhelming majority of those diagnosed with with diabetes have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. However, in a small number of people, a rare gene abnormality can cause monogenic diabetes. Monogenic diabetes presents characteristics of both Type 1 and Type 2, and is often misdiagnosed as one of those more common types.
An accurate diagnosis is critical to building the best possible treatment plan. Genetic testing is often recommended for diabetes patients who meet certain criteria. Additionally, we maintain the Monogenic Diabetes Registry, the first nationwide database of individuals affected by these uncommon forms of diabetes. The registry is designed to track and study monogenic forms of diabetes in individuals on a long-term basis, noting symptoms, genetic patterns in families, and optimal therapies for each patient.
There are two main forms of monogenic diabetes:
- Neonatal diabetes is usually diagnosed in infants from birth to 6 months, though diagnosis may occur later in some cases. Around 75-80 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed at less than 6 months of age usually has an identifiable monogenic cause. Children diagnosed with diabetes between 6-12 months have a significantly smaller chance of having a monogenic cause.
- Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) is more common and usually diagnosed in late childhood to adulthood
Our Kovler Diabetes Center is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and treatment facilities for monogenic diabetes patients.
Our approach to patient care begins with the understanding that diabetes has a different impact on every patient. We integrate our ongoing research into our clinic, giving our patients access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services. Our expertise in genetics and diabetes allows us to examine each patient’s family history and identify candidates for genetic testing, as needed, to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatment plans for their diabetes.
We build treatment plans tailored to address each patient’s needs. Our multidisciplinary team is equipped to support patients in managing every aspect of diabetes, from the medical and physical issues to the social and emotional challenges. Because diabetes is a lifelong disease, we approach care with a “life span model” of care. Our diabetes specialists are able to provide care to patients at every life stage.
We welcome the opportunity to provide a second opinion on your diagnosis or treatment plan. Our specialists are dedicated to helping you understand your options so you can select the best care plan for your needs. Our team will use previous test results and may conduct additional diagnostic tests such as advanced laboratory analysis, genetic testing, or other methods of evaluation to provide a full evaluation and build an individualized diabetes management plan.
Our endocrinologists and diabetes educators are here to provide information and answer questions for patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week about our patient care programs, educational resources and current clinical research studies.
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with the UChicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center, please call 773-702-2371 or 800-989-6740.Email our diabetes care team
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Why Choose UChicago Medicine for Diabetes Care
Care Throughout the Life Span
Because diabetes is a disease requiring care throughout a patient’s life span, a key attribute of care at Kovler is our “life span model” of care. In the same clinical space, our specialists are able to provide care to patients at every life stage.
Our approach has a particularly positive impact on young adult patients who otherwise may find themselves aging out of pediatric care at a complex time of life and not receiving appropriate support and care in managing their diabetes.
Being equipped to treat patients of all ages and stages with any type of diabetes means that we can provide care for multiple family members as needed, and extend our Family Health and Wellness Program to the whole family to help address the challenges of having a family member with diabetes.
We apply strong expertise in genetics and diabetes to examine each patient’s family history and identify candidates for genetic testing, as needed, to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatment plans for their diabetes.
Kovler encompasses research, patient care, professional training, and patient education. Our team of specialists and educators addresses the full range of patient needs, from the physical to the social and emotional.
Personalized Patient Care
The Kovler Diabetes Center’s approach to patient care begins with the understanding that diabetes has a different impact on every patient. Each diabetes patient is different. This shapes our approach to patient care at Kovler. Accurate and complete diagnosis, including genetic testing, is the foundation for our highly individualized treatment plans.
The Kovler Diabetes Center is a leader in diabetes research, our researchers make breakthrough discoveries that help physicians and scientists around the world better understand diabetes, its causes and its genetic foundation.
Evidence is the foundation of our treatment plans. We focus on applied research to enhance patient care.
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