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What Causes A Lack Of Insulin?

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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus Definition Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin or cells stop responding to the insulin that is produced, so that glucose in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells of the body. Symptoms include frequent urination, lethargy, excessive thirst, and hunger. The treatment includes changes in diet, oral medications, and in some cases, daily injections of insulin. Description Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that causes serious health complications including renal (kidney) failure, heart disease, stroke, and blindness. Approximately 17 million Americans have diabetes. Unfortunately, as many as one-half are unaware they have it. Background Every cell in the human body needs energy in order to function. The body's primary energy source is glucose, a simple sugar resulting from the digestion of foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches). Glucose from the digested food circulates in the blood as a ready energy source for any cells that need it. Insulin is a hormone or chemical produced by cells in the pancreas, an organ located behind the stomach. Insulin bonds to a receptor site on the outside of cell Continue reading >>

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  1. molson1959

    lack of insulin or insulin resistance

    Greetings members,
    As a newbie T2, i have lots of questions as i am sure a lot of you had.
    Can someone tell me in general terms how treatment differs with the two distinct diabetes problems mentioned above.
    I have looked through the forums but did not find what i was looking for, if this has been covered previously, accept my opologizes and perhaps direct me to the correct thread
    Thanks in advance
    mike

  2. jwags

    Welcome Mike to DD. Lack of insulin or insulin insufficiency can be tested by a C Peptide test. Insulin resistance can also be tested with a C Peptide. If you have a high level of insulin and high fasting numbers you probably are insulin resistant. A very low number may indicate lack of insulin. Once your beta cells are damaged they usually don't regenerate and you will probably need injected insulin.

  3. Lynnw

    From what I've read, a lot of doctors don't make the distinction between IR and insulin insufficiency. To my doctor, high blood sugar is the issue...WHY it's high is irrelevant. He started going down his list of medications, starting with Metformin. If it didn't work, he'd shrug and try the next drug on the list. I had to beg him to do tests (except lipids...he was crazy for lipid tests, even though mine were good every time). I want answers, so I wasn't happy with that. Seems to me you'd want to know WHY it's high to determine the best treatment.

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