We are all very familiar with the onset of type 1 diabetes in young children. In fact, we used to call type one diabetes “juvenile diabetes” until well in to the 1980’s. We no longer use that moniker, but we often think it is the oddity when someone over the age of 20 loses all insulin production. What about the opposite end of the spectrum? I am referring to Neonatal Diabetes, which occurs in the first 6 months of a newborn’s life.
This week in our Clinical Text, we look at why this is not just polygenic type 1 diabetes, what the determining factors are, and how the proper treatment regimens differ for these patients.