Other Names for this Disease
- Brittle diabetes mellitus
- Brittle type 1 diabetes
- Labile diabetes
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The approach to management depends upon the underlying cause. 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. Psychotherapy or working with a psychiatrist or psychologist is recommended for many people with brittle diabetes. Referral to a specialty center may be warranted in certain situations.
Last updated: 8/22/2013
- McCulloch DK. The adult patient with brittle diabetes mellitus. UpToDate. August 17, 2012; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/the-adult-patient-with-brittle-diabetes-mellitus?detectedLanguage=en&source=search_result&search=brittle+diabetes&selectedTitle=1%7E6&provider=noProvider. Accessed 8/8/2013.
- Difference: Stable VS Brittle. Brittle Diabetes Foundation. http://www.bdtype1.com/#!bd-info/vstc8=difference;-stable-vs-brittle. Accessed 8/8/2013.
- Brittle Diabetes Causes. Brittle Diabetes Foundation. http://www.bdtype1.com/#!bd-info/vstc8=causes. Accessed 8/8/2013.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Brittle diabetes. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.