MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan

LIVINGLIVING

RE CLASSIFIED

Sophie Reymbaut was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on 10

August in 1990 when she was eight years old. She was put on

insulin and stayed on it for 27 years and four months. Then,

on 11 December 2017, she was un-diagnosed with Type I

diabetes. This is her story.

"

Type 2 diabetes ran in the

family, or so we thought

¬- my dad's mother had

it, then my dad himself

was diagnosed with

it too. However, neither of them were

stereotypical Type 2 diabetics and my

Dad certainly did not respond to Type

2 medication management as was

expected. Due to this he was tested to

see if he had maturity onset diabetes

of the young (MODY) - a rare form of

genetic diabetes, it turned out he had a

very rare form called ABCC8. However,

just then at the age of 34 I fell pregnant.

During the pregnancy I was also tested

for ABCC8 and it was confirmed that I

too had this type of genetic Diabetes. My

granny passed away a couple of years

ago so she was never tested but it is

assumed she also had this type. Talking

to my consultant we decided it was

best to continue as we were, on insulin,

throughout the pregnancy. I've since

had a baby girl and we did not know

for sure until she was born and tested

whether she would carry this gene also,

that she would be clear of any diagnosis

of diabetes. She was clear and is now

nearly two years old. I was using an

insulin pump and had reasonable control,

but as soon as I stopped breastfeeding

I came off the insulin. Now I am only on

tablet medication.

"Having lived with Type I diabetes - or

should I say as a Type 1 diabetic, as I did

not actually have it - I had all the risks that

other people face who have the condition.

I do have retinopathy and experienced

some significant retinal bleeds when I was

pregnant. I still have all the co-morbidities

of Type I diabetes with the higher risks

with some diabetes complications, but

my control is entirely more stable and

therefore I should be at a lower risk going

forward. I can still get some low-ish blood

sugars but I just need a little sugar boost

and I'm fine.

"I lived as a Type I diabetic on insulin

for 27 years and four months. Every

now and then I suddenly remember how

much easier my life is now. As a family

we love to go camping and I no longer

need to pack in a second suitcase full

of my diabetes supplies, nor experience

that panic of having to go through security

when travelling overseas. I have almost

forgotten my life as a Type I diabetic. I've

never been to a water park and now I

want to, a spa day even, with no pump

to worry about.

Pumped up

"Looking back I feel that the biggest

moment in my life as a Type 1 diabetic

was the move from multiple daily injections

(MDI) to an insulin pump - I really felt that

that changed my life. Oddly, moving from

Sophie Reymbaut had her

diagnosis reclassified after

living as a T1D for 27 years.

Of course we'd all like not to have Type

1 diabetes. Indicators are that 1-2%

of people with diabetes may have an

alternative cause of their diabetes.

Many diabetes centres are not yet able

to offer C-Peptide testing. Please see

the sidebars overleaf on MODY and

DiabetesGenes.org to pursue an

enquiry on your own behalf.

EDITOR'S NOTE

Index

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  5. Diabetes news, Now Pharmacy, Now Patient, Now Healthcare, Lee Dentith
  6. Diabetes news, Novo Nordisk buys Ziylo
  7. Medtronic Guardian Connect, Medtronic Enlite CGM
  8. diabetes food news, montezuma chocolate
  9. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  10. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  11. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  12. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  13. JDRF UK One Walk
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  16. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  17. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  18. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  19. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  20. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  21. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  22. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  23. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  24. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  25. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  26. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  27. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  28. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  29. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  30. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  31. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  32. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
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