Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 13, 2007
Question from New Jersey, USA:
My son has had type 1 diabetes since he was 13 years old. He is now 20 and on an insulin pump for five years. The last blood test, I noticed his C-Peptide results were 0.5. Does this mean he is still making some insulin on his own? His A1cs have been under 7.0 since his diagnosis.
It seems like some insulin production is still possible if the C-Peptide remains positive after so many years.
[Editor’s comment: According to research by Dr. David Harlan of the NIH/NIDDK, some people with long standing type 1 diabetes have measurable C-Peptide production, which may help reduce their risk of complications and could indicate that the body continues to generate new islets even in the face of the autoimmune attack of type 1 diabetes.