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Norfolk nurse to seek patients with genetic risk of diabetes

An expert diabetes nurse in Norfolk has taken on a new role to help diagnose patients with a rare form of diabetes.

Anita Murphy, diabetes specialist nurse with Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, has taken on the additional role of genetic diabetes nurse for East Anglia.

As a result, she is working alongside GPs and other clinicians across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to identify patients that may have monogenic diabetes – or MODY – so their condition can be managed more effectively.

Ms Murphy said:  “MODY is very rare and only affects 2% of the diabetic population. Yet 90% of those people are currently misdiagnosed as having type 1 or 2 diabetes.”

She added: “If we can correctly diagnose MODY, we can potentially make significant changes to their treatment, including stopping insulin therapy.”

Patients with MODY tend to include people who were diagnosed with diabetes before they were 25, are not insulin dependent and have a parent with diabetes.

The announcement comes during Diabetes Awareness Week, which runs 9-15 June.

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