C-PEPTIDE (What you should know about it)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-12-30 17:00:15 -0600
Started 2010-12-30 14:55:37 -0600

C-Peptide is a by-product of the manufacture of insulin within the beta-cells of the pancreas.

Insulin is produced from a protein called proinsulin, which consist of three chains of amino-acids: the A-chain, the connecting peptide (or C-peptide) chain, and the B-chain.

Within the islets, the C-peptide breaks away and the A-chain and the B-chain combine to make insulin.

The C-peptide is secreted into the bloodstream along with the insulin.

C-peptide levels can be measured using a simple blood test; they are sometimes measured in people with Type 2 diabetes to determine whether any insulin is still being produced by the pancreas.

(Injected insulin contains no C-peptide)

(*) Important Note Below!

Some insurance providers, including Medicare, require either a C-peptide test or a test for the presence of beta-cell antibodies before providing coverage for insulin pumps!
A person who C-peptide level falls within the normal, nondiabetic range (0.5-3.0 nanograms per milliliter) is generally not eligible for insulin pump coverage in these insurance plans.

(Taken from the November/December 2010 issue of Diabetes Self-Management Magazine pg. 79)


3 replies

realsis77 2010-12-30 17:00:15 -0600 Report

Thank you mays! That means a lot too me! I wish you the best in this new year to come! I've got quite a busy new year as I'm looking to buy a home! Its exciting and tireing at the same time! Wish me luck as ill need it! Hopefully I'll find one soon! I've got a bid out now its up to the bank to counter the bid, I'm truely hoping it will be a suitable offer! I'll keep you posted.

realsis77 2010-12-30 15:38:10 -0600 Report

Very interesting mays! Thanks and happy new year!

MAYS 2010-12-30 15:43:02 -0600 Report

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Happy New Year to you also, carry that lovely personality forward into the New Year!