My daughter is a five years old and she is dependent on insulin injections 2 times a day. I will like to how I can get her pancreas checked whether it is producing the insulin or not. Which tests are possible to find out? She developed diabetes about 8 months ago.
It is not possible to measure residual insulin directly in a person who is receiving insulin by injection. You need to talk to your doctor about arranging a C-peptide test. In Bombay this can probably be done in the clinical biochemistry laboratory at the Apollo or Jaslok hospitals.
When insulin is formed in the body, a much larger molecule called proinsulin is made first. Proinsulin is then divided into insulin itself and another chain of amino acids called C-peptide. Measuring this latter substance reflects the rate at which someone with diabetes may still be producing their own insulin.
Original posting 26 Oct 1998
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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