From Amherst, Virginia, USA:
I have had type 1 diabetes going on 27 years. When I was nine years old, I was struck in my lower chest area by a snowmobile, thrown through the air about 50 feet, and knocked unconscious. After coming to, I could walk and all with no problems, but, days later, developed severe lower chest pains, where I had trouble breathing. These would come and go, finally stopping altogether. Approximately one year later, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Could this traumatic event have actually damaged my pancreatic activity? My pancreas was tested several times and I was told it was producing NO insulin at all. A recent test this year proved otherwise. According to the test, I have pancreatic function, with a C-peptide of insulin of a 0.62. What does this mean and will it increase more?
It is unlikely that the accident you were involved in is the reason you developed type 1 diabetes. The C-peptide test is an indication of your ability to secrete insulin. The value of 0.62 is fairly low and is consistent with type 1 diabetes. It indicates that your ability to secrete insulin is low. Insulin therapy will be required indefinitely. Sometimes there is a very small amount of insulin secretion that persists. However, this residual function is not enough to keep you from needing insulin therapy.
Original posting 28 Apr 2004
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:55
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