A type 2 question answered

By sweething1950 Latest Reply 2011-04-21 18:52:57 -0500
Started 2010-07-06 13:58:58 -0500

I've had type 2 diabetes for about 28 years now, on insulin about the last 15. I have been wondering if my body makes any of its own insulin. I finally asked my doctor; he said, after the first 15 or so years, the pancreas doesn't produce its own insulin. Just thought I'd share this, because every question and answer I find here, is something I've wondered, too!

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Lina girl
Lina girl 2010-09-26 15:00:31 -0500 Report

I have type 2 over 10 years and my doc was wondering if I still produced my own insulin. I think he did that c-peptide test and the results were, yes, I still do. So if I work hard enough with diet and exercise I could go off meds and insulin.

Diane987 2010-07-06 16:36:17 -0500 Report

I've had type 2 diabetes for approximately 25 years and I started on insulin. I had been taking insulin up until 2 months ago when I got switched to Byetta. My blood sugars have been running only slightly higher than they were on insulin. They are still in an acceptable range with high of 140. When I got switched my endo said that if my blood sugar spiked that I would have to go back on the insulin immediately. If what your doctor said was true, I should not be able to take Byetta and oral drugs to control my blood sugar.

edvel54 2011-04-21 18:48:58 -0500 Report

I tried Byetta about 5 years ago. It made me so sick. Even with a low dose. I would inject it and 45 minutes later, I would be throwing up.

kdroberts 2010-07-06 14:10:53 -0500 Report

Really, that's just one of those, throw away comments from a doctor that need to be thought out better. It depends hugely on the person and is no where near as simple as how they described it. Certainly for some their pancreas does stop producing insulin completely or to a degree that even with medication to stimulate it they need to inject insulin but it doesn't happen to everyone. The only way to tell for sure is to get a c-peptide test and an insulin level test if you are not injecting insulin.

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