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What is the honeymoon period?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by TakeItAway88, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. TakeItAway88

    TakeItAway88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Apparently you get it since diagnosed. I was told about it but didn't understand why your pancreas would magically start Producing insulin even though apparently it's not producing any?! Could this be to do with my amazing levels lately and good control
     
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    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi, the theory is that by taking meds you releive the stress on your pancreas and it partially recovers to the point where it can start producing insulin again. This can last weeks, months or even years, there are no golden rules, but eventually your pancreas will 'probably' pack in completely.
     
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  3. TakeItAway88

    TakeItAway88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So pancreas could stay in the honeymoon period forever?
     
  4. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    By definition, I don't think 'forever' would be a honeymoon period?

    It will probably end at some point, but nobody can tell you when.
     
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    TakeItAway88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Is this probably why my levels are so good at the moment maybe?
     
  6. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Maybe, but some people report that during the honeymoon period the pancreas can chuck out insulin for a while, stop, restart etc. There could be other reasons why your levels are good, - diet, exercise, etc.
     
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    teacher123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I only need 6 units of lantus when following LCHF at the minute. Of course that can change pretty quickly!

    Still feel at times maybe I should be bolusing but then I would hypo with what I eat... lol
     
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    I started out 10 months ago with a diagnosis of T1 and was put on mixed insulin. Because of recurring hypos, I wondered if I was now producing my own insulin, so embarked on an experiment. No injected insulin and close monitoring.

    I changed to a low carb diet in order to give my pancreas a fighting chance and I have now been without insulin injections for 5 weeks and managing to maintain a bg level between 5 - 9.0. I don't know how long this will last, but I'm enjoying the moment.
     
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    52O342UOIF Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Even in those who have had type 1 diabetes for >40 years there's often some (very small) insulin production left. If you want to keep the beta cells you have keep your blood sugar in a tight range, <7,8 mmol/L is optimal. Readings above that have been associated with beta cell death.
     
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    NowClosed11 Type 1 · Guest

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    Mine lasted 4 days in total
     
  11. wiserkurtious

    wiserkurtious Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    :) i've been off insulin for 3 weeks now and atm seem to be running along quite smoothly,exercise an diet is probably helping also but don t want to put a jinx on things ;)(probably already have :p) haven t a clue what diabetes I have,they said I had type 1 on diagnosis then had GAD test done and all come back negative so I'm in limbo atm :) off to do my run have a great day guys
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm still experiencing the honeymoon period - have been diagnosed about 10 months now and my Lantus dose is still only 9-10 units with total daily units of NovoRapid about 8-10 despite eating a regular diet. For my height and weight I think my Lantus dose would be higher if my pancreas was completely shot.
     
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