In a person who has type 1 diabetes, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. However, during the period immediately following diagnosis most people go through a ‘honeymoon phase’ in which their existing beta cells still function, producing some insulin. A number of research projects are currently underway, which hope to preserve the function of these existing beta cells past the honeymoon phase.
The honeymoon phase
Most people with type 1 go through a 'honeymoon phase' in the period after diagnosis