This is the final installment of my posts about what I learned about MODY at the 75th ADA Scientific Sessions. You can read the first two installments in “[ADA, Me and My MODY (Maybe) - Part 1]” and “[ADA, Me and My MODY (Maybe) - Part 2].” In this post I’m going to talk about the movie “[Journey to a Miracle: Freedom from Insulin]” that claims to be “A PBS documentary of a breathtaking cure for diabetes and the lives that were changed forever.”
The movie which is about an hour long and is a real tear jerker, mostly focused on the stories of a small group of children diagnosed with MODY (with MODY-3 in particular) who had previously been given a T1 diagnosis. Once diagnosed with MODY-3 the children were able to start on sulfonylureas and moved off of insulin. That is the miracle.
While my heart went out to the children and their stories I felt a bit dismayed at the message of the movie that you can just “cure” MODY by taking a little pill. The movie portrayed insulin as a terrible life long burden with horrendous consequences. And then suggested that taking this little pill would “cure” the patients of diabetes and that they wouldn’t have any further consequences from MODY. I’m not so sure of the validity of that message.
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