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From America OnLine:

My child is 7 years old and was diagnosed 3 weeks ago. Have there been any studies/tests done during the honeymoon phase to see what is happening with the pancreas and is there specific that prolongs or shortens the honeymoon phase?


Lots of studies have been done about the diabetes honeymoon. Unfortunately, no conclusive data has been developed that the honeymoon can be prolonged.


Additional comments from Dr. Robertson:

There have been trials with some drugs that modify the immune system and they can be shown to prolong the honeymoon period. Unfortunately, there is rebound as soon as the drug is stopped and all those tried so far are quite toxic and unsuitable for widespread use.

What these studies show, however, is that it is worth continuing to look for better ways to prolong the honeymoon period.


Additional comments from Jeff Hitchcock:

There is ongoing research exploring whether a BCG vaccination immediately after diagnosis will prolong the honeymoon period. Preliminary results are encouraging, but the results are preliminary. BCG vaccinations can leave a scar larger than a smallpox vaccination, and the child will forever test positive for TB. For more information about BCG, contact the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.


Original posting 22 Jul 96


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