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How long does the honeymoon phase last?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by HomerSimpson, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. HomerSimpson

    HomerSimpson Type 1 · Active Member

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    I’m newly diagnosed with T1DM. I think I may still be producing some insulin. Does anyone know how long the honeymoon phase lasts?
     
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    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed in my 40s and mine was at least 2 years - I was on a drug trial where they tested my c-peptide so I could see my insulin production reduce.

    I still have odd weeks where my pancreas wakes up and completely screws up all my dosages!!
     
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    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think its very individual to the person (I have gathered this from various forum posts), I have no idea how long mine was, if I even had one, not convinced my records still exist for back then (and there was certainly not c-peptide test around at the time, nor the HbA1c)
     
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  4. HomerSimpson

    HomerSimpson Type 1 · Active Member

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    Are you still producing c-peptide? I don’t know much about hormones, but I know that if C-peptide is still detected in the blood then a person still has some ability to regulate blood sugar.


    Whatever basal dose the nurse tries with me, I still wake up with a FBS of 5.1. My body just likes to wake up at that level regardless of how little basal insulin I take.
     
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    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I didn't have proper tests but found my insulin needs rose very slowly over the first 8 years after my diagnosis and then plateaued.
    As nothing else changed in my life - I didn't put on weight, change my diet, exercise less, have more stress, ... - I assumed my body was producing less and less insulin itself until, eight years after diagnosis, my last Islets of Langerhan stopped their production and retired. Then, my honeymoon was over.
     
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    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    The honeymoon phase can last 8 years or even longer in a few. But one of the signs of being a type 1 instead of a type 2 is needing insulin within 3 years. I think that probably means that most insulin production is really reduced during the first 3 years. But it can vary person to person

    " The pancreas makes insulin, but not directly. The beta cells in the pancreas first produce a protein called “proinsulin.” Each proinsulin breaks down to one molecule of insulin and one molecule of Cpeptide. Both are released when blood sugar levels get high"

    C-peptide only shows up when you make your own insulin, so it can tell if you are making insulin versus taking injected insulin.

    https://selfhacked.com/blog/c-peptide/
     
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