Type 1 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed - What Happens
After you are
type 1 diabetes, you may find that 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.
Treatment for your diabetes includes following
a diet that spreads
carbohydrate throughout the day, getting regular
monitoring your blood sugar levels (using a home blood
sugar meter), and taking insulin. By working closely with your doctor and
following your prescribed treatment, you will feel better and have more control
of your life. If your child has type 1 diabetes, treatment involves the same
tasks but allows for normal growth and development.
diagnosis, your insulin level may have been low enough to cause severe high
blood sugar, with symptoms such as confusion or even coma. This condition is
diabetic ketoacidosis and often requires treatment in
a hospital. During your hospital stay, you are given insulin injections and
fluids in a vein (intravenous or IV), and your condition is monitored closely.
You are still at risk for this emergency in the future if you don't take enough
insulin to keep your sugar levels and metabolism normal.
have persistent high blood sugar levels over a long period of time, diabetes
can damage your:
If you keep your blood sugar level within your
target range, you may prevent, or at
least delay, these complications. Children seem protected from developing these
complications during childhood. But when they become adolescents, their risk
begins to increase. Keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible
at the beginning of the disease will help prevent these complications.2