Producing Insulin May Ward Off Kids’ Lows
Kids with type 1 diabetes who continue to produce small amounts of insulin are protected against low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), a study found. Type 1 is triggered by an immune system attack that renders the pancreas unable to make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels under control. However, recent evidence shows that, in many people, not all insulin production is lost. Researchers measured residual insulin production in 342 children who’d had type 1 for between three and six years. Those who made more insulin were able to take less insulin as a medication and had fewer lows than children who made less of the hormone, the researchers concluded. In future studies, scientists will explore strategies to help people maintain the ability to make at least some insulin after a diagnosis of type 1.
Source: Diabetes Care, November 2013