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The Diabetes Honeymoon Phase: What You Need To Know

Usually, the term honeymoon makes you think of exotic locations like the Caribbean or Paris. Maybe you think of cushy hotels or candlelit dinners. Or maybe you just think of that sweet, somewhat mushy time that a new couple experiences before reality sets in. Many people with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes experience a honeymoon phase, but it doesn’t involve massages or mints on their pillows. It usually manifests as a period of time when suddenly blood sugar levels are easier to control, less insulin (or even no insulin) is needed, and life seems a little easier. But as with any honeymoon, it doesn’t last forever. What Is a Diabetic Honeymoon Phase? Shortly after diagnosis, many people with type 1 diabetes will experience a time when the pancreas starts to produce more insulin and blood sugar levels are closer to normal and generally easier to control. At the initial onset of type 1, the body has begun to kill off insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The body struggles to control blood sugar and the symptoms of diabetes manifest: extreme thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, irritability, blurry vision, and others. Hopefully, these symptoms lead to a timely diagnosis Continue reading >>

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  1. KristinaOT

    Type 1 Diabetes Honeymoon or Possible Remission?

    Hi There,
    I am new to this website. My son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just a little over 5 months ago at the age of 17. We had him start on Niacinimide right away (25mg/kg of body weight)- 500mg tablet taken 3 times a day. It was a Naturopath that recommended this. The Niacinimide seems to have helped him greatly, to the point now where he is off both the short and long acting insulin with very good blood sugar control, his last A1C was 6.1 and C-Peptide level went up from 338pmol/L at time of Dx to 1076 pmol/L.
    I realize he could be in the honeymoon phase, however I have read that there are some theories out there that the pancreas can heal if it is autoimmune related and possibility of remission.
    I was wondering if anyone else has ever tried Niacinimide as a way to help control their sugars?

  2. TorqPenderloin

    Originally Posted by KristinaOT
    I was wondering if anyone else has ever tried Niacinimide as a way to help control their sugars? I personally haven’t nor do I have any inclination to do so. Personally, I’m a little skeptical when someone shares recommendations they received from a “Naturopath.” I just hope that you’re doing a SIGNIFICANT amount of research and finding overwhelming levels of scientific data to support any unconventional treatment options before you try them on your son.
    If you were asking this question for yourself, I wouldn’t have spoken up, but I feel the need to say this as we’re talking about your son’s life here. He doesn’t know any better and he assumes Mom is always right. Of course, I realize that you want nothing more than to help improve your son’s condition, but please remember that you also have the potential to make things WORSE.
    Remember that just because something is “Natural” doesn’t mean it can’t have the potential to destroy your liver/kidneys and/or kill you. I’m not suggesting Niacinimide would do such a thing, but I’m also not 100% positive that it can’t.
    In many ways, my situation is similar to that of your son. I was diagnosed 2.5 months ago and I’m still in the honeymoon phase myself. Also, as of 60 hours ago I’m completely off insulin (down from as many as 24-28 units/day). However, that’s not by magic or by following the advice of a spiritual healer. I have significantly reduced my carbohydrate levels and maintain very high levels of activity (something your 17 year old son probably does too)....plus, my pancreas still has some function.
    Even still, I have no reason to believe that I have somehow healed my damaged beta cells. I’m also not aware of any (legitimate) scientific evidence that suggests pancreas beta cells can be healed/regenerated. I’m not pessimistic, but I am realistic...there is a difference.
    I feel the need to say this, but I’m obviously not trying to be mean. I’m saying all of this because we are talking about your son’s life and he doesn’t seem to be at a point where he can have much of a say in his treatment options.

  3. karena

    Hi KristinaOT, and welcome to DD. I don't know about Niacinimide to treat T1 diabetes but if it's working then yay. This would not have worked for my own T1, insulin was necessary and without it DKA would happen quickly so like most T1's the only way to help control bg's is with insulin. You said you " have read that there are some theories out there that the pancreas can heal if it is autoimmune related and possibility of remission". That is not at all true! Please be ever aware of snake oil ideas and promises of cures. They are BS!!

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