BDF takes the following position:
Brittle Diabetes is rare - affecting approximately 4,500 in a US population of 318million.
There are several differences that distinguish a brittle diabetic from that of a stable Type 1 diabetic.
Brittleness has a cause which when identified and treated presently results in a 50% reversal rate to a stable Type 1 condition.
Brittle diabetes is not an uncommon complication of type 1 diabetes but rather a rare disease in its own right and a distinct and separate FORM of type 1.
People with Brittle diabetes can do everything right (optimized diet, exercise, carb counting and insulin regimen) and yet experience rapid unpredictable highs and lows in their BG levels.
Brittle Diabetes is best defined as an unstable, unpredictable and uncontrolled rapid shift in BG which causes ongoing disruption in everyday life.