The Honeymoon Period: When Type 1 Diabetes Seems to be Cured
By Nina Nazor
The honeymoon period is a time when people with type 1 diabetes, shortly after their
diagnosis, experience what seems to be a remission of the disease or a restoration of the production of insulin. This means
that these individuals need less insulin or even none at all to achieve near normal glucose levels.
honeymoon period, the remaining beta cells in the islets of Langerhans within the pancreas are working harder to produce insulin,
almost in a normal way. The person with type 1 diabetes starts having low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) and, therefore,
needs less insulin.
The honeymoon period can last from days to months or even years. It is a confusing time because
the person or his/her loved ones may believe insulin is not needed anymore. This may lead the individual to believe that insulin
is no longer needed.
However, the discontinuation of insulin use is not recommended because it has been suggested
that the insulin shots can help slow beta-cell destruction by the immune system.
Sooner or later those remaining
beta cells will stop working and there will not be any more production of insulin. Then the requirements of insulin will rise
again, which will mark the end of the honeymoon period.