March 16, 2011
Question from Norfolk, England:
My child is nine years old and has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He is currently in the honeymoon period. After the honeymoon period, does controlling the diabetes get easier to control or harder once you're fully dependent on insulin?
Best wishes to you and your family as you adjust to the new diabetes care in your routine. Your question about the honeymoon period is a good one. As the body makes less insulin, you will likely notice that the glucose levels become more variable, and will see more of an effect from the foods that are eaten, for example. You will also see an increase in the amount of insulin that your child will need to take. This does not mean that the diabetes is getting “worse,” but rather, it is the natural and expected course of diabetes. Developing good habits now will keep you prepared to adjust the insulin and treatment as needed, by working with your health care provider.