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June 9, 1999

Insulin

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Question from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA:

My son is 12 and has Type 1. The effect on his blood sugars for long acting insulin (NPH and Ultralente) seems to be decreasing. Is there any evidence that might support an individual becoming immune to any type of insulin?

Answer:

From: DTeam Staff

How diabetes is managed seems to change over time in many patients. Certainly as one has diabetes longer, the islet cells of the pancreas are more completely destroyed. Maybe that is the problem, not the insulin itself.

LD