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From Illinois, USA:

Our 13 year old son who has had diabetes for 18 months has developed antibodies to beef, pork, and human insulin. His dosage is about 100 units a day. What does this mean and what do we do?


Since the advent of human insulin, antibodies have been much less of a problem than they once were. You don't say what your son's build is like, but if he's a big lad and in puberty then 100 units a day is not necessarily a huge dose. There's not too much you can do about antibodies although they tend to lessen with duration of diabetes and generally don't affect control or insulin dose significantly.


Original posting 28 Mar 97


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