Can Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) help with Type One Diabetes?

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Dr Pamela Smith
Dr Pamela Smith
Center for personalised medicine

Can Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) help with Type One Diabetes?

Type One diabetes is an autoimmune disease, therefore LDN should be effectively used for this disease process. Currently, it is not recommended in children due to the fluctuations in blood sugar that occur in children.

It is also not recommended for the brittle diabetic, but that suggestion may change over time as the use of LDNbecomes more common.

For the non-brittle well-controlled diabetic with Type One diabetes, LDN may be very beneficial, using a small dose is the key, as is the frequent checking of the patient's blood sugar which is so much easier now, with the glucose monitors that patients can wear. Consequently, hypoglycemia and insomnia, are the two most common side effects with the use of LDN in these types of patients.

All my Type One Diabetics that I have started on LDN, I have had to lower their dose of insulin.