From Georgia, USA:
Our 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 and put on insulin but due to "honeymoon" she experienced several low blood sugar readings and therefore was removed from insulin. She experiences terrible stomach symptoms after consuming any form of sugar (lactose, sucrose or carb.) and will have sugar readings of 200 -300 30 minutes after a meal then normal after one hour. Is she experiencing the onset of diabetes or is she truly sugar intolerant?
I think a diabetic child should never completely stop insulin treatment over the honeymoon even if he/she needs only a very limited dose of insulin. This for many reasons we already discussed in previous answers to the honeymoon topic. A program of insulin therapy, using Regular or better lispro insulin [Humalog®] before meals and/or NPH at bedtime, should control her rising blood sugars over the day.
That said, I'm not aware of any particular carbohydrates intolerance presenting at the onset of diabetes (actually, your daughter is not at the onset of type 1 diabetes rather she is progressing from the honeymoon phase of a true type 1 diabetes towards fully clinical type 1 diabetes) with the symptoms you report but your pediatrician or perhaps a pediatric gastroenterologist should be of help.
Original posting 2 Mar 1999
Posted to Honeymoon
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:01
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