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Type 1’s Still Have Working Beta Cells

Nov 8, 2013
 
New technology finds working beta cells in pancreas…. 

In new research, about three-quarters of type 1 diabetes patients were found to have a small number of beta cells that produced insulin. These cells were producing insulin in response to food.

New technology now has been able to measure very small concentrations of insulin in the blood. It also reveals that not all the beta cells in the pancreas are killed. Insulin levels were detected by testing for C-peptides. The new technology was able to detect levels of these substances as low as 3.3 pmol/l. Before, the blood concentrations had to be able 30 pmol/l in order for scientist to measure the levels.

Practice Pearls
  • 75% of type 1 diabetes patients producing small amounts of insulin.
  • Beta cells are resisting immune attack or regenerating themselves.
  • New technology able to detect C-peptide levels from as low as 3.3 pmol/l.

Diabetologia Oct. 2013