Monogenic diabetes is significantly less common than type 1 or type 2 diabetes, representing about 1 to 3 percent of all diabetes cases. It is caused by a mutation (error) in any one of more than 20 different genes. Some forms appear in children under 1 year of age (neonatal diabetes), while other forms are more common in adolescents and young adults, but can appear at any age. All forms of monogenic diabetes are often misdiagnosed as type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
For those with monogenic diabetes, a correct diagnosis can change the course of treatment, leading to an improved quality of life and better overall health.
The Kovler Diabetes Center is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and treatment facilities for monogenic diabetes patients. Our monogenic diabetes website contains comprehensive information on this type of diabetes.