From Tetovo, Macedonia:
My seven year old has had type 1 diabetes for a year, his hemoglobin A1c's have ranged from 4.4-7.0%, and his blood sugars 4 to 8 mmol/L [72- 144 mg/dl] on twice daily Mixtard. Nobody in our family has diabetes. Is there any possibility my son is cured? If so, for how long?
Your son has of a form of type 1 diabetes (young age, abrupt onset, negative family history). I don't think antibody testing is easily available in your country, and their eventual presence doesn't change the current clinical approach. On this, basis I think insulin, even at low dosage during the current partial remission (honeymoon) phase, will be his only therapy for the coming years.
Original posting 22 May 2001
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