advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Alabama, USA:

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 51 years old. I have been on 4 shots per day since 4 months after being diagnosed. I am now 54 years old. on my last doctors visit the doctor told me that my C-peptide test was in the normal range. He said that due to the antibodies he knew I was a type 1 diabetic and would never be able to come off of insulin. When I started taking insulin I gained about 50 pounds. The doctor has started treating me with Glucophage [metformin, a pill for Type 2 diabetes]. It has helped a little with my weight. Will Glucophage damage my liver over time? Also, is the C-peptide test an accurate test to determine the type of diabetes you have? If I lost enough weight would there be any possibility of treating my diabetes with oral medicine only?

Answer:

Biguanides (metformin is the safest and most used one among them) do not harm the liver. As a matter of a fact, serious liver as well as renal diseases are a contraindication for using biguanides. C-peptide testing is indeed a valuable way for assessing your pancreatic exogenous insulin reserve, and therefore which clinical type of diabetes you have (insulin requiring or not).

MS

Original posting 8 May 1999
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms and Medications: Pills for Diabetes

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:02
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.