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Brittle diabetes

Other Names for this Disease
  • Brittle diabetes mellitus
  • Brittle type 1 diabetes
  • Labile diabetes
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How might brittle diabetes be treated?

The approach to management depends upon the underlying cause.[1][2] General management strategies include diabetes education, frequent self-monitoring of blood glucose, the use of a continuous subcutaneous insulin pump in conjunction with a continuous glucose monitoring device, and, in rare cases, pancreas transplantation.[1] Psychotherapy or working with a psychiatrist or psychologist is recommended for many people with brittle diabetes.[3] Referral to a specialty center may be warranted in certain situations.[1]
Last updated: 8/22/2013

  1. McCulloch DK. The adult patient with brittle diabetes mellitus. UpToDate. August 17, 2012; Accessed 8/8/2013.
  2. Difference: Stable VS Brittle. Brittle Diabetes Foundation.!bd-info/vstc8=difference;-stable-vs-brittle. Accessed 8/8/2013.
  3. Brittle Diabetes Causes. Brittle Diabetes Foundation.!bd-info/vstc8=causes. Accessed 8/8/2013.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Brittle diabetes. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.