Honeymoon Period

By lipsie Latest Reply 2011-06-05 07:08:46 -0500
Started 2009-03-10 06:31:42 -0500

What exactly is this "Honeymoon period" I keep hearing people refer to? I am so lost here! lol Thanks for anyone's help. Sheila

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mandymb 2011-06-05 07:08:46 -0500 Report

I also started a discussion concerning this same topic…honeymoon period! Is there a way to prolong this? I would love to have some feedback. Please read the discussion I have started please…it is detailed about mine and my daughters situation!

2009-03-12 17:03:31 -0500 Report

Sheila, I did some research when I thought and now know I was going through the honeymoon period. After 3 weeks of heaven, my numbers returned like a wild animal. Now they are high and my insulin has been increased back to the original amount. This is what I found and it's just about exactly what the others told you! Smart folks on DC!

You may find that soon after you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your blood sugar levels return to normal. You are in what is called the "honeymoon period." The remaining insulin-producing cells in your pancreas are working harder to supply enough insulin for your body. You may take little or no insulin. But this does not mean that the disease is gone. After the remaining insulin-producing cells are destroyed, the honeymoon period ends, and you will need to take insulin for the rest of your life.

I had my honeymoon period, now life goes on! Hugs, Angie :)

lipsie 2009-03-13 02:57:20 -0500 Report

ahhhh, okay…now it makes sense. I don't understand things as easy with all the techniqual terms, lol But you just said it great. I don't have type 1 but I am curious about everything there is to know regarding Diabeties, it effects everyone here, and I may not know you all, or even you all well … but I DO care already, I feel like I found a I dunno friends/support system so yeah thank you! Sheila

rbergman 2009-03-10 09:13:23 -0500 Report

Our daughter is considered in the Honeymoon period, antibodies are still attacking her pancreas and so they think Type 1 is inevitable but for now she is Type 2, also called Type 2 leading to Type 1, or Double Diabetic, there are all sorts of terms I have heard from different doctor's for this with her but it all comes down to if the antibodies don't leave her pancreas alone, she will become Type 1 and there will be no going back to Type 2. Unfortunately there is nothing they can do to stop the antibodies, its just a matter of waiting it out. (Then the Honeymoon is over) :(

kdroberts 2009-03-10 09:23:32 -0500 Report

That's odd the doctors would say that. Once the antibodies are there she is type 1, no ifs not buts, not type 2. It's possible to be both but they are completely different diseases that share a couple of common elements, personally I don't think you can truly be both. You either have type 1 or type 2. A type 1 can be insulin resistant but being insulin resistant isn't definitive of type 2, it's a symptom. Same way that a type 2 can have no natural insulin production but that doesn't make them a type 1.

It sounds like she is just a classic textbook type 1 going through the honeymoon period.

jsd2005 2009-03-11 03:00:37 -0500 Report

I agree with KD, but would like to add a few comments.
Type one and two are part of the same disease. same causative factors, but with different elements.

Generally or historically type one was of early onset (birth to ?) Type 2 was historically of late onset (later years) and characterized by obesity and possibly some cardiac indicators. Type 2 did not usually require insulin. Type 2 could generally be controlled by diet and exercise, but if control wasn't maintained by this method an oral pill may be added to the treatment regime. Now-a-days the type 2 individual may be given insulin. This is a method of gaining control much quicker and saving time and possible complications from uncontrolled diabetes.

So, the honey moon period basically is a period of time when sugars are difficult to stabilize as your pancreas may still be producing some insulin. Also it is generally an indication that the pancreas is shutting down and will no longer produce insulin. Thereby indicating that insulin is the only and best method of management.

Dow this help? With all the information you have here following your discussion, I hope you can find what you new. Isn't it wonderful to have all of this knowledge and friendship at your fingers?

lipsie 2009-03-11 03:07:12 -0500 Report

Oh yes, I must agree. I was more curious/trying to understanding this all about it. And I know there are sites out there but I comprehende better from someone one on one I feel. I don't like reading text book materiel to learn some things like this too well. Thank you all very much. Sheila

kdroberts 2009-03-10 09:08:23 -0500 Report

The period where a type 1 still produces insulin. Sometimes after diagnosis and insulin is started the pancreas kicks out some insulin, sometimes the diagnosis comes before the pancreas completely shuts down, plus other reasons. After the honeymoon period is over they will never make insulin again, well unless science figures it out. It can be anywhere from a day or so up to a couple of years, although from what I understand it's usually less than a month and mostly a week or two.

I guess technically it could be the period a non insulin resistant type 2's insulin production lowers to nothing as well, not sure if that's official though.