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Is it safe for a young child, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 6 years, to go without insulin and control the diabetes only by diet?
29 doctors weighed in

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
19 doctors agree
In brief: Don't miss insulin!
For any patient diagnosed with type i diabetes it is dangerous to miss Insulin doses.
Patients who don't make Insulin anymore will develop a condition called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka), if they don't take their Insulin regardless of diet. This is a life-threatening emergency where the body makes ketones as an alternate source of emergency fuel, which causes a dangerous acid build up in the body.

In brief: Don't miss insulin!
For any patient diagnosed with type i diabetes it is dangerous to miss Insulin doses.
Patients who don't make Insulin anymore will develop a condition called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka), if they don't take their Insulin regardless of diet. This is a life-threatening emergency where the body makes ketones as an alternate source of emergency fuel, which causes a dangerous acid build up in the body.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. William Walsh
Type I diabetics can't make insulin, which means that they can not get glucose into the cells of their body. This makes the body think that it is starving to death and it will move into a metabolic state of protein catabolism (breakdown) that leads to progressively worsening acidosis in the blood, coma, and death. Repeat episodes of this lead to early blindness, heart attacks, and loss of limbs.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
read a book called 'Discovery of Insulin'.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
A true type 1 diabetic loses their ability to make insulin.
Occasionaly in the first year, some production remains, and minimal supplements may be needed.Later on the child needs externally supplied Insulin rx to transport glucose into the brain& other cells. Type 2 diabetics have Insulin that doesn't handle their needs unless they manage their diet, type 1 does not.Without Insulin these kids die.

In brief: Unlikely
A true type 1 diabetic loses their ability to make insulin.
Occasionaly in the first year, some production remains, and minimal supplements may be needed.Later on the child needs externally supplied Insulin rx to transport glucose into the brain& other cells. Type 2 diabetics have Insulin that doesn't handle their needs unless they manage their diet, type 1 does not.Without Insulin these kids die.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Dangerous idea
Type i diabetes is a state of Insulin deficiency that requires life long Insulin therapy (until we find a cure).
Only in some subtypes of mody (maturity onset diabetes of the youth) that diet control can be effective. Discuss with your endocrinologist before making any changes in your sons diabetes plan.

In brief: Dangerous idea
Type i diabetes is a state of Insulin deficiency that requires life long Insulin therapy (until we find a cure).
Only in some subtypes of mody (maturity onset diabetes of the youth) that diet control can be effective. Discuss with your endocrinologist before making any changes in your sons diabetes plan.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Always insulin.

In brief: No
Always insulin.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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