Has A British Man Really Been Cured of Type 1 Diabetes?

Has A British Man Really Been Cured of Type 1 Diabetes?

I have been living with type 1 diabetes for 25 years now. The relentlessness of type 1, and the fact that I will probably live with this non-preventable condition for the rest of my life never goes away, but I have almost made peace with it.

 A few days ago, I saw something that gave me pause. “British man with type 1 diabetes to receive tests after coming off insulin,” read Diabetes.co.uk’s headline. The article goes onto say that, “Daniel Darkes, from Daventy in Northamptonshire, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seven years ago. But his recent tests have baffled doctors as his pancreas has shown signs of working properly again.”

My first thoughts upon reading this were, “this can’t be true,” and “what’s the real explanation here?” There are many types of diabetes including type 2, LADA, and monogenic. Maybe he actually had one of those types instead of type 1. Usually, tests can determine this quickly though, so why was it not the case with Dan?

British Man Believes He is Cured of Type 1 Diabetes
Daniel Darkes

I live in the UK and I wanted to get to the bottom of things.  I managed to get in touch with ‘Miracle Dan’, as he’s been called by his friends. Although he is saving the specific details of his recent test results from the U.S. for an upcoming exclusive interview with another media outlet, he spoke to me and answered some of my questions about everything that has been happening.

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your diabetes. When were you diagnosed? 

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in February 2011 at the age of 23, after just leaving the army. I started a new engineering job and within two weeks of starting, I noticed the traditional symptoms of type 1 diabetes: thirst, weight loss, blurry vision, and a lot of vomiting. I collapsed and was taken by ambulance to hospital where I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

I have always controlled my diabetes pretty well since my diagnosis seven years ago. I do a lot of long distance running, which could possibly relate to this, as some of the tests are proving at present.

Did you have a test to measure for c-peptide at diagnosis that confirmed your body was no longer making any insulin at all? 

I was tested and those tests did say my pancreas was not making any insulin at all. There was definitely nothing there in terms of insulin production. I was also previously tested and had the antibodies that destroy beta cells.

How did you realize that you might be ‘cured’, and can you tell us more about that? What was the change you noticed?

I was going low a lot, waking up hypo in the night. Eventually, after blood tests, including ones that showed my HbA1C was lowering, and getting lower, I was told by my doctors to reduce my insulin intake. I was eventually told to come off it completely.

 What types of tests have you been going through? What can you tell us about those test results?

What has happened has never been seen before, so I was sent to St. Louis to get tests done. They included a run with fasting for 6 hours beforehand. I was sent there mainly to undergo more extensive tests than could be done in the UK. One such test included a data microchip and physical exercise to determine sensor movement from my brain to see if there was a sufficient trigger in my cells, especially as my body was going into exhaustion mode.

I do a lot of long-distance running and there is a theory that one of my 100-mile ultra-marathons may have shocked my body into producing insulin again. There will be more information coming out soon about the results of my tests.

Is it possible you were just misdiagnosed as having type 1 diabetes when really it was another type?

I definitely had type 1 diabetes. I have gotten many comments online that I was just misdiagnosed and it was type 2 diabetes, but I was on Novorapid and Lantus for 7 years – taking 15 units in morning, 12 units at lunch and then another evening dose. I do not think I was misdiagnosed. I know what I had.

Is there an official name for what has happened to your body?

There is no name as of yet for what I have, but within the next few weeks, no doubt there will be.

 Are you completely off insulin now? What’s next for you in terms of your healthcare plan?

I have now been off all insulin since December 2016. I will have regular check-ups, and regular blood tests to monitor all of this.

How do you feel about everything that has happened?

Right now, I am feeling delighted and shocked. I sleep better, feel sharper and alert, and I am full of energy.

 

 A big thank you to Daniel for taking the time to speak with me. To be honest, I am more baffled than ever, but I’ll be anxiously awaiting more information about Dan’s test results.

Elizabeth Pfiester
Elizabeth Pfiester

Elizabeth Pfiester has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. Early on, she found her passions of education and humanitarian work, which took her to the London, where she received a Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Elizabeth started www.t1international.com last year to create a space to easily navigate global diabetes resources, organizations, and existing literature about care, policy, and treatment in places where Type 1 diabetics are often forgotten. Since its inception, she has been conducting interviews and writing articles; she now has readers from over 80 countries.

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John norwood
John norwood
5 years ago

I think this has happened to me it’s so confusing , I was fully dependant on insulin for 2 years until I started having hypos a lot I slowly reduced my insulin until I wasn’t taking any.my blood sugar average around 6.5mmol similar to this guy this changed my life after I came out of hospital I stuck to a serious diet and exercise can this really have done this .

Candy
Candy
5 years ago

I am a type 1 diabetic since my 8th birthday when i went into a coma. I happen to go in a coma 1 to 2 times a year. I gotten pancreatitus and other stuff as well. I almost died many times. i am very sick right now too. I really need to cure myself before i die from it, I dont know what to do. Im almost 14 now and it been getting worse, please help me. Text me if you can please. thank you so much

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 years ago
Reply to  Candy

Hi Candy, I was diagnosed as type 1 diabetic around age 12, I’m 45 now. I’ve just started the keto, intermittent fasting eating system and its lowered my insulin intake and my A1C levels. Look up Dr. Berg on YouTube & Facebook plus, take his quiz. My life has gotten soo much greater.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 years ago
Reply to  Candy

Also Candy, ALWAYS talk to your doctor about this before you make any changes in your eating habits.

Michael
Michael
5 years ago

I have type 1 diabetes for nearly 51 years. This article sounds FAKE and HOAX. NEVER allow your hope to get HIGH. I keep hearing it every 5 years for nearly 51 years about curing type 1 diabetes very soon. That is the BIGGEST BS! The BIG pharmacies do not allow any scientists to cure type 1 diabetes since they are very GREEDY.

Eric
Eric
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael

I have had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years I took care of myself the best I could but still had to take insulin and even increase the dosage over the years, I have changed my lifestyle after hitting rock bottom I am eating pretty much the ketogenic diet and have been the stem cell treatment recently , I now have so much energy and have been around 95 waking up each morning I decided to lower my dosage a couple days ago, i just tested my sugars it was 90 mid day was 120 I just wanted to… Read more »

madisen byrne
madisen byrne
6 years ago

why hasn’t anyone put this out there yet i have had type 1 since i was 18 months old and so has my mom and she is 38 and i’m 12 and i really don’t like having to do this every single day 6 times a day

Michael
Michael
5 years ago
Reply to  madisen byrne

Deal with it!

Aled
Aled
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael

It isn’t as easy as “Deal with it”. It’s a horrible condition that is different for everyone. So while it may be easy for you (assuming you have type 1) it may not be easy for her. As for OP, I wish you all the best, but I think this article is fake; at this time, there is no cure for type 1.

Beverly Raine
Beverly Raine
6 years ago

My granddaughter who is 11 years old and her family came to LA to visit for Christmas, 2017. She was drinking and urinating a lot. Stomach was hurting and feeling bad. Took her to the ER, she was admitted to ICU with type1. Her blood sugar was 455. She was there 6 days trying to get her blood sugar down. I’m happy to say 3 months later after being on a very low carb diet and 4 insulin injections per day, they were slowly able to continually decrease her insulin. As of yesterday March 26, 2018, she is now off… Read more »

Maggie
Maggie
5 years ago
Reply to  Beverly Raine

Sounds like she’s going the her honeymoon stage

Tay’Von
Tay’Von
6 years ago

Why hasn’t this been on the news everywhere!!!!
Ive had type 1 diabetes for about 5 years now, and I’ve always been told there’s nothing I can do to reverse it.
I’m sooo tired of this, and I’m only 17, I’m also an athlete, and this makes it so much harder