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December 12, 2013

Diabetes can have a symptom-free 'honeymoon period'

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 13-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on March 7, 2012, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and his A1C was 12. Of course, I prayed for a miracle, and about one week after he was diagnosed, I started him on a nutraceutical called Protandim. After 17 days of being on Protandim, he came off of insulin and has been off ever since.

His doctor says it’s a “honeymoon period” and that it will not last. I asked him how long a honeymoon typically lasts and he said, “Days, weeks, months, but not years.” I’ve told his doctor about the product, but he does not believe there is any correlation between taking it and my son not needing insulin. His A1C went from 12 down to 6.5 within three months, and then it was 7.0 and then 7.5, and we still check his sugar and monitor his diet not allowing him to have too many carbohydrates, nor do we allow him to have real sugar, but he takes one Protandim per day.

All of the information I have researched this drug shows that it does help with diabetes that would be Type 2 and also Type 1, especially if caught early. A different doctor explained that Protandim helps repair the islet cells over time. — M.A.

ANSWER: I have heard of Protandim, but was unable to find any research showing that it improves diabetes care. It is supposed to prevent aging, but the evidence that it works is sparse.

I think that your son probably is in a prolonged honeymoon period, which occasionally can last for years. The careful diet he is on certainly is helping as well. However, with the A1C (a measurement of average blood sugar over a few months) rising, and now in the frankly diabetic range (normal is less than 6.5 percent), I think he will very shortly need to be back on insulin.

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