From Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA:
My 13 year old daughter has been in the honeymoon period for 5 months. Will taking anti-inflammatory medicine such as aspirin or ibuprofen slow down the damage to her islet cells?
The anti-inflammatory effect of drugs such as "NSAIDs" (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs; aspirin and ibuprofen both belong to this group) could only slow down a very little the chronic damage to beta cells, probably because it is a long lasting autoimmune attack to the beta cells mediated by T-lymphocytes which counts most towards the destruction of those cells. During the time of the honeymoon period, more than 90% of these beta cells are already destroyed, and it is only tight metabolic control of the blood sugar level which can prolong the life of those still alive.
Original posting 28 Oct 1999
Posted to Honeymoon
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:05
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