June 20, 2001
Question from Seminole, Florida, USA:
My eight year old daughter was diagnosed about six months ago. Last month, her A1c was 6.6% and her blood sugar average was 138 mg/dl [mmol/L]. If the islet cells are not dead but still producing a little insulin, can artificial insulin further hurt the islet cell insulin production?
Giving synthetic human insulin will not damage injured islet cells, rather it will delay their ultimate destruction.