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From Argentina:

I want to submit a question about the case of a child of four years old, with Type 1 Diabetes diagnosed since six months. Is there any possibility of reversion?

Argentinean reader (asor@cyberia.net.ar)

Answer:

It depends on what you mean:

  1. A honeymoon is common in Type 1 diabetes for a few months after the initial diagnosis and therapy.
  2. With pancreatic or islet cell transplant surgery, patients can have entirely normal blood sugar levels, with normal glycohemoglobin levels, without any insulin injections.

But, spontaneous reversion to a non-diabetic status isn't possible: once the beta cells have been completely destroyed by the autoimmune process, the diabetes won't go away on its own.

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Original posting 14 Dec 96

  
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