I am 34 years old and have two kids 13 years apart. I have type 1 brittle juvenile onset diabetes. My blood sugars have been out of whack since the birth of my second son on 10/12/10 and my doctor doesn’t know what to do. I also have cervical cancer. With THC I seem to be ok for now, but they removed my uterus and my ovaries. They couldn’t get to my cervix because they said it was covered in scar tissue.

Patty Bonsignore


Among diabetes educators and endocrinologists, the term “brittle” diabetes is rarely used. The term, when used, referred to diabetes that was difficult to control, as marked by sudden swings in blood glucose. It is true that some people have diabetes that is harder to control than others, but in the past many of the unpredictable swings in blood glucose were in large part due to the insulins available at the time. Now that we have insulins that peak more predictably and can be dosed more precisely, the focus is more on finding the cause for fluctuations rather than merely labeling people as “brittle.” The best way to determine reasons for blood glucose irregularity is by having the person with diabetes keep detailed food, blood glucose and insulin records. It is hard to determine why your blood glucose levels are suddenly harder to control. With a young baby at home and with a diagnosis of cervical cancer, stress could certainly be playing a role. If you haven’t already done so, you will want to see an endocrinologist and a diabetes educator, both of whom are well trained in reviewing detailed food and blood glucose logs.

December 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm