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Re: [IPk] no insulin

On 11 Jul 2003 at 9:28, Gail DAVIES wrote:

> hi darren, if you are taking no insulin and your sugars are
> good with only diet alterations then you must have been
> misdiagnosed and have type 2 not type 1,

My brother controlled his diabetes with diet and tables for 
about 2 years before moving to insulin but he doesn't seem 
like a type 2. He became diabetic at 21 and is skinny. My 
daughter Emily was using less than 0.5 units of insulin per 
KG for about 2 years and this is the definition of the 
honeymoon period so maybe our family has a very slow onset 
form of diabetes. We were told that insulin requirements 
may go right down or even not be needed during the 
honeymoon period when Emily was diagnosed though they 
advise parents to continue with injections even if it's 
just one unit.

I believe there is a test that can tell you if you have 
type 1, possibly looking for anti-bodies? I think research 
has shown that continuing insulin treatment, even when it 
doesn't seem necessary, can extend the honeymoon period and 
is a 'good thing'.

Mum to Emily aged 11, dx Oct '99
Novorapid x 4, Glargine x 1, 
Robert aged 12 dx Mar '03 
Novomix 30 x 2 (+ Novorapid when hungry!), 
and Matthew aged 7.
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