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Will Diabetes Go Away?

There is no cure for diabetes. Neither type 1 (juvenile onset or insulin-requiring) diabetes or type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes ever goes away. In type 1 diabetes, patients sometimes experience what physicians have come to call a "honeymoon period" shortly after the disease is diagnosed. During the "honeymoon period" diabetes may appear to go away for a period of a few months to a year. The patient's insulin needs are minimal and some patients may actually find they can maintain normal or near normal blood glucose taking little or no insulin. It would be a mistake to assume that the diabetes has gone away, however. Basically, type 1 diabetes occurs when about 90 percent of the body's insulin-producing cells have been destroyed. At the time that type 1 diabetes is diagnosed, most patients still are producing some insulin. If obvious symptoms of type 1 diabetes emerge when the patient has an illness, virus or cold, for example, once the illness subsides the body's insulin needs may decrease. At this point, the number of insulin-producing cells remaining may be enough — for the moment — to meet the person's insulin needs again. But the process that has destroyed 90 percent of the in Continue reading >>

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  1. m

    For those getting A1C tested

    So... long story short, I don't think I have gestational diabetes, or my normal diet is making me "diet controlled".
    My post meal numbers are always well below range, and my fasting numbers are high 70s-low 90s and I find that the only time my fasting number is in the 90s it's when I'm extra stressed or didn't sleep the night before.
    So, I asked for a follow up A1C to just see if I'm in denial and I truly do gave GD.
    I got the results this morning and my A1C is 5.4 (it was 5.3 at my first OB labs back in July).
    What are your A1C numbers doing? Are you on meds?
    FYI I'm 36wks

    Thanks!

  2. AGermanInTexas

    My A1C was 5.4 at 32 weeks and I definitely have GD. I even had to go on meds for fasting numbers after I got that A1C level drawn so I don't think the fact that you got that value necessarily means that you don't have GD...but of course I am not a medical professional.

  3. nurseliane

    I definitely have it, my numbers are volatile and I am on 2 types of insulin + metformin.
    Over the past four months, my A1c has ranged from 4.7 to 5.1

    So....average blood sugar is fine overall. My doctor laughed and said his A1c is not that good! And this is reassuring that, in general, I am not assaulting my fetus with horrible numbers all the time. But, since this is GD and not (hopefully) chronic diabetes, the A1c is not very relevant to the day by day management that we must do to keep our little ones protected.

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