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RE: [IPk] my diabetic son



hi,
will need to read thru this lot quite a few times to take it all in! lol!
this is where i will need 2 concentrate very hard!
lisa
ps thanks


>From: "Jackie Jacombs" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] my diabetic son
>Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 12:39:09 +0100
>
>HI Lisa
>
>
>No, its not like longer- acting insulin in the body, which is injected
>subcutaneously and contains substances to slow down the insulin action.  
>The
>  insulin the body produces doesn't "hang around" it's released directly 
>into the
>blood stream.  Think of the body's own insulin as being like "short, very 
>fast
>acting insulin".  The action of NPH insulin  (one of the older longer 
>acting
>  insulins) is prolonged by the addition of protamine obtained from the 
>"milt" or
>semen of river trout.  NPH is found in Insulatard and Mixtards type 
>insulins.
>So the body's own insulin, when its produced, has an immediate effect.  In 
>the
>early stages of diabetes the pancreas may not produce enough insulin, or 
>just
>not quick enough.  This results in raised blood sugar levels immediately 
>after
>meals.  In some people, in the very early honeymoon stage, their blood 
>glucose
>may only be raised post meals and shortly afterwards return to normal 
>levels.
>  The pancreas can still produce enough insulin even when a high percentage 
>of
>the
>beta cells are damaged.  Unfortunately sooner or later, as the destructive
>process continues, the beta cells will no longer be able to make enough 
>insulin
>to cope and the blood sugars will become higher and higher.  It is 
>possible,
>especially with children that are developing diabetes, that an illness 
>triggers
>higher blood sugars than usual, illness, even mild colds can mean that the 
>body
>has a big increase in insulin needs.  So frequently children are diagnosed 
>with
>  diabetes after the onset of a illness. Once the illness is over then the 
>body's
>insulin needs would reduce and the body may even be able to still make 
>enough
>  insulin to prevent higher blood sugar levels for quite sometime. In the 
>end the
>  result is the same. The beta cells are destroyed but sometimes this 
>process can
>take place over years but usually the honeymoon period is around 6 months 
>to a
>  year. The older the child is at diagnosis the longer the honeymoon is 
>likely to
>be.
>
>
>
>You may find these links helpful to understand how the body works when the
>pancreas is working correctly
>
>http://health.howstuffworks.com/diabetes1.htm
>
>The Beta Cell and First-Phase Insulin Secretion
>http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/483307_3
>
>
>Jackie Mum of Sasha
>
>
> >
> >
> > hiya jackie,
> > can u tell me more about delays in the first phase insulin response? is 
>like
> > where pools of long-acting insulin can gather then work at a l8r time?
> >
> > lisa x
> >
> >
> >
> > contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org
>
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