Understanding the Honeymoon phase in Diabetes

23-Dec-2020 12:17

Isn’t a “honeymoon” a funny word to use when talking about the Type 1 phase in diabetes?

Many people with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes experience a honeymoon phase, but it doesn’t involve a great vacation. It usually obvious as a period of time when suddenly blood sugar levels are easier to control, less insulin (or even no insulin) is needed.

But as with any honeymoon, it doesn’t last forever.


What is the Honeymoon phase?

The honeymoon period can occur when the insulin level low and immune system attacks the pancreatic beta cells. 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 easier to control. The body struggles to control blood sugar and the symptoms of diabetes manifest: extreme thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, irritability, blurry vision, and others. These symptoms lead to timely diagnosis.


Honeymoon phase duration

There is no fixed duration for how long the honeymoon phase lasts, it can be anytime b/w few weeks to years. Usually, it’s about 3 months after you start treatment. The duration of honeymoon phase varies individually.


Challenges of the honeymoon phase

There is a high degree of uncertainty during the honeymoon phase. The beta cells may be reunite and do their utmost to produce the proper insulin levels before they are destroyed by the body’s immune system.  

Is there honeymoon phase in type 2?

Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can benefit to those who have type 2 diabetes.

Some people with type 2 diabetes may experience a reduction in symptoms and blood sugar levels after diagnosis, but this is not the same as a type 1 honeymoon phase.

The honeymoon phase in type 1 diabetes is only temporary one. The remaining insulin-producing cells will die, and a person will need to depend on insulin treatments.

As yet, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes.


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