Aims The aim of this article was to share with a wide readership some data and related reasoning about a multigenerational form of diabetes mellitus of adulthood. Data synthesis We have recently described a familial form of diabetes mellitus, which in the routine clinical setting of adult individuals is simplistically diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Such misdiagnosis involves as much as 3% of adult unrelated diabetic patients with no evidence of autoimmune disease. More recent data, obtained by means of a next-generation sequencing, indicate that approximately 25% of such patients carry mutations in the genes involved in monogenic diabetes, thus leaving unraveled the molecular causes of the remaining 75% individuals. Conclusions Our proposal is to define the latter patients as being affected by familial diabetes of adulthood (FDA), a clear admission of ignorance and a limbo where adult patients with multigenerational diabetes with no genetic definition of their hyperglycemia have to wait for better times.
- Monogenic diabetes
- Multigenerational diabetes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine