Can a Pancreas Stop Producing Insulin?

By Latest Reply 2011-11-26 17:32:45 -0600
Started 2011-11-18 01:47:36 -0600

I had an appointment earlier 2day, and this quack of an Endo told me, that when a T2 diabetic has had this hellish disease for longer than 7 years, that ones pancreas stops producing insulin. Has NE1 else out there in D/C land, ever heard of this?

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ugeniac 2011-11-26 16:22:51 -0600 Report

I was told that too this summer by a new Endo but went back alter to my usual one and after a C PEPTIDE test it was determined that my pancreas was still making a small amount of insulin.

Because I now have CKD, stage 3, I am almost entirely dependent upon Insulin,both short acting before meals and Long acting before bedtime. before breakfast I am taking a moderate dosage of Januvia, 50 mg.

2011-11-26 16:45:06 -0600 Report

Hey ugeniac~~ This is all new to me. Is this C PEPTIDE test (I'm assuming) blood work? My Primary nor my old Endo has ever ordered 1 for me. I have never even heard of a pancreas running out of insulin. I never thought that was even possible. I was on Januvia, but got real sick from it. My body chemistry won't tolerate any form of insulin. But ugeniac, I know that this will sound stupid (I'm sorry) but what is CDK? Is it a form of cancer, or a form of diabetes? I'm sorry for sounding and being so dumb. Pls 4give me. Thx.

Type1Lou 2011-11-26 17:08:36 -0600 Report

The C-peptide is a blood test done to determine if the pancreas is producing any insulin at all. If it finds that the pancreas doesn't produce insulin, you are classified as a Type 1 and must use insulin (shots or pump) to manage your diabetes. If the test reveals that you are still producing insulin, you would most likely be categorized as a Type 2 and may have other treatment options (oral meds, diet, exercise or insulin) available to you to manage your diabetes. My pancreas stopped producing insulin when I was 27 because an auto-immune response destroyed the islet cells in the pancreas which is where insulin is produced. It is currently unknown what triggers that auto-immune response.

ugeniac 2011-11-26 16:54:52 -0600 Report

CKD is Chronic Kidney Disease and is usually determined by the blood level of Creatinine. The renal Function tests may include urine testing too, to look for protein (usually albumin). My egfr, the Estimated Glucose Filtration Rate, went down since summer of 2010, from 66 to 34 this spring and summer. below 30 means stage 4! Stage 5 is dialysis or transplant or …

My endocrinologists assumed that my pancreas was not producing Insulin anymore so the C Peptide test was done (just a blood sample needed). It is similar to measuring Insulin Levels,which I had not had done for at least FIVE years!

In type 2 diabetes, Insulin is either absent or ineffective due to high resistance.

2011-11-26 17:10:48 -0600 Report

I am so sorry ugeniac. That sounds so horrible!!!!!!!!! But I will ask my MD for that blood work. Please know that you are always will be in my prayers. Pls 4give me 4 being so stupid. I'm so very sorry!!!!

annesmith 2011-11-18 23:03:06 -0600 Report

What a QUACK!!!!! There is no way this is true, although some type 2 diabetics stop producing insulin after 7 years. It's not true for all type 2s, or the statistics would show that everybody becomes a type 1 diabetic in the end…does not make full sense. I myself believe there are many different degrees of type 2 diabetes. This quack is going to kill someone if he administers insulin to all his type 2s after 7 years…ANNE

2011-11-18 23:27:56 -0600 Report

I agree w/u anne. I'm highly sensitive to all forms of insulin. And the stupid ass quack wanted 2 give me a dose 2C what would happen. I sure in the hell wasn't gonna let him give me any, so I can spend the rest of the day, possibly a few days in the hospital, cause he wants 2C what will happen to me if I do take it. I swear, I think it was this particular endo that taught the class on "How to be, or become a "Quack" Or did he write the best seller. I don't really remember. Lol :D

annesmith 2011-11-19 22:53:20 -0600 Report

Yes…I do believe if you had taken it —-2C—that it would have made you very shaky or something bad. I am still astounded at the fact that so many quacks are out there…I had no idea there were as many as I have heard of lately. I wonder how in the heck they get through grad school…seriously, HOW do those types pass all the medical tests ? Sincerely, ANNE

2011-11-26 16:58:27 -0600 Report

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but in order for them to pass med school is the probably do a lot of either open book tests or cheat sheets. Or they didn't go to med school at all. They got their license from a cracker jack box. Gumball machine,or a matchbook cover. I'll let you make the choice.

cavie2 2011-11-18 21:45:15 -0600 Report

That is exactly what happened to me but at the time I was diagnosed in July 2010 and was on several tablets then put on insulin on the 4th Feb 2011 after only 5 weeks I was told my pancreas had stopped producing insulin and the insulin I was taking was doing me no good and I was changed to Lantus Solostar pen and have been ok since then. So much so that when I went to see my Diabetic Doctor at the hospital in August he was so pleased with the improvement that he changed my 6 monthly appointments to 12 monthly and I don't have to go back again till next August but I have 3 emergency numbers for the hospital so if I need to speak to anyone in a hurry I just phone in for advice. I live in Scotland UK so I know it is different in the US but we have a team of 8 staff to speak to who only deal with diabetic patients plus a charge nurse and the Doctor himself and I have always spoken to someone anytime I have called in and they have always been very helpful and supportive.

2011-11-26 17:03:16 -0600 Report

I can honestly tell you cavie, it's definitely not like that here in the U.S. I don't know what kind of healthcare they have in Scotland but it sounds a lot better than the healthcare in the U.S.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-18 13:22:54 -0600 Report

I have read that it "Can" stop producing and that is why control is so vital to us. BUT I have never read that there is a time limit LOL. What schoold did this Endo get their degree in?

2011-11-18 13:32:06 -0600 Report

I think MEG he got his license on the back of a matchbook cover!! lol (or the last page of a comic book!!)

jayabee52 2011-11-18 02:44:45 -0600 Report

I have had T2 since 1995 (about 16 years) and I manage my BG levels through what I eat (and don't eat).

If what the endo said was true in every case, how would s/he attribute my ability to manage my BG levels in the normal range without the use of any diabetes medications at all?

Each Person with Diabetes is different. To make a dogmatic statement like that shows intellectual laziness at best.