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Question:

From Karachi, Pakistan:

What is the Honeymoon Phase?

Answer:

The honeymoon phase is the period after diagnosis (of variable length) when the amount of insulin that has to be injected to obtain good blood sugar control may be low (often defined as less than 0.5U/kg). It is explained by the fact that when someone is diagnosed there are usually still viable insulin producing pancreatic beta cells. The high sugars around diagnosis 'paralyse' these cells temporarily but they will then work again for a while until they too succumb to immune attack.

KJR

Original posting 19 Mar 1999
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