Medical Dictionary: Honeymoon period


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Honeymoon period: Brief period of increased pancreas function after starting treatment of Type 1 diabetes
Introduction: In reference to Type 1 diabetes: For the first few months after diagnosis, a Type 1 diabetic still has some pancreas function. Diabetes pills like sulfonylureas may work, as an alternative to insulin, during this time. But the honeymoon only lasts months, or at most 1-2 years, and the sulfonylurea pills stop working and insulin is then required. On the other hand, it may be undesirable to use diabetes pills, since they might actually shorten the honeymoon period, which is a time during which diabetic sugar control is easier and some diabetes cures like immune-suppression might still apply.
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