advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Sutton, Merseyside, England:

I'm 19 and I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I've heard of people with type 1 who gradually got their pancreas to produce insulin so they no longer needed insulin injections. Now, they take pills. Is this true? Could this ever happen to me?

Answer:

I really don't know how to answer to your question. Your age seem to be more suitable for type 1 diabetes than type 2 diabetes. This is an important thing on which to focus. In the first case, the onset of the disease is due to the complete destruction of the cells that produce insulin. Apart from a period called the honeymoon, during which the insulin doses can be slightly reduced, the only therapy available to date is insulin, given only by injections or an insulin pump. If your type of diabetes is type 2, it could be possible that, for a longer or shorter period, you can use only tablets (hypoglycemic drugs) or diet alone.

I think that your type of diabetes is type 1. In order to verify this point, you can ask your diabetes team to check for some autoantibodies (anti-GAD, anti-insulin and anti-islet cell) that are specific for the form of diabetes that depends on insulin injection.

Lastly, if you are struggling with insulin injections, you should consider using an insulin pump, which is very useful for living a simpler life with diabetes.

AS

DTQ-20040901161254
Original posting 10 Sep 2004
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:58
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.