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Diabete Metab. 1985 Jun;11(3):181-8.

[Initial remission period in insulin-dependent diabetes in the young subject].

[Article in French]


Occurrence of a remission after initiation of insulin treatment in insulin dependent diabetes (type I) of recent onset is a well known phenomenon. It may be more or less complete up to insulin withdrawal. In newly diagnosed IDD requiring insulin for ketoacidosis or primary failure of oral agents and with a duration of symptoms of less than 6 months, initiation of optimized insulin therapy was followed by suppression of insulin (with or without the use of oral agents) in two thirds of cases for a mean period of 12 months while blood glucose and glycosylated haemoglobin remained normal. As therapeutic reversal of the etiopathological mechanism of IDD is foreseen it is relevant to define the characteristics of cases with remission induced by intensified insulin treatment, and the mechanisms by which they may be explained. Current knowledge on these questions will be analysed in this review. Furthermore it appears that withdrawing insulin for a mean period of 12 months does not hamper the subsequent control of diabetes.

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