Teresa Adkins
By Teresa Adkins Latest Reply 2013-06-18 10:19:45 -0500
Started 2013-05-01 14:39:18 -0500

I have heard the Honey Moon phase several times and forgot to ask my doc what it was. Is this just a term for new Diabetics trying to get BS under control?

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Hops 2013-06-18 10:19:45 -0500 Report

My honey moon phase started with me needing only NPH at first. I am a Juvenile Diabetic aka Type 1. Then I needed Regular insulin with each meal. Each person adapts and adjusts differently to diabetes. My doctor has me stay active as an athlete. I know a few Type 2s who lost a considerable amount of weight from 50 to 100 pounds and counted carbs while exercising each day who no longer require medication. Others require Metformin and or Lantus insulin but they take much smaller doses as they lose weight and exercise daily. We encourage our support group group members to start by imagining our efforts assist the natural healing properties our bodies possess. Be well.

JiMMy DCC 2013-05-03 08:38:02 -0500 Report

The Honey Moon phase is what happens when you start on Insulin. Up to the point of diagnosis you've been loosing beta cells. They've been hit hard by your immune system. And the few left are working so hard that they start to wear out and produce less and less insulin. So that's when your symptoms started.

So after you begin insulin therapy and get yourself regulated those same remaining beta cells start slowly working again and produce insulin. So you'll find that control becomes easier. Less insulin or just you find it easier to control your ups and downs.

But usually 1 - 3 years after diagnosis your remaining beta cells are being destroyed. The immune system is still doing it's dirty work. And eventually you are done. No more making insulin at all anymore. Now you'll find that easy time (honeymoon) is over. The real work begins.

For Type 1.5 they may have a longer time as it's a slow depletion of their beta cells.

Hope this helps.

old biker
old biker 2013-05-02 13:57:28 -0500 Report

The honey moon period is the temporary remission of type 1 diabetes that sometimes occurs after the initiation of insulin therapy.. The key word there is temporary. The honey moon period is generally associated with T1 and not T2

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-02 10:58:11 -0500 Report

The honeymoon phase is the period from diagnosis to accepting the disease. It is during this period after diagnosis when people go into denial, are shocked to the point they do nothing to take care of themselves, and fail to begin to educate themselves.

How long it last depends on each person. Some people can be in denial for months. I jumped right in the next day learning and doing what I should be doing. Getting your BG under control is also individualized. Some people can do this sooner than others while it can take others months or years.

No matter what it is called each person has to sooner or later take control of their disease by owning up to it, taking responsibility and communicating with their health care team.

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-05-08 09:10:48 -0500 Report

Well I have definately taken responsibility into my own hands but I truely don't always agree with the doctors. I am giving it my all but some of the meds I can't tolerate. I am very honest with the doc's and considering I started with BG in the 360 range and I'm down to 144 to 200 in a very short time I think I'm doing pretty good. I do alot of alternative meds because of my low tolerance. Thanks again Joyce! You always have good advice and such a good understanding of this disease :)

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