Insulin production may continue years after type 1 diabetes onset

02/21/2012 | U.S. News & World Report

A study of 182 type 1 diabetes patients revealed that 10% of those who had the disease for 31 to 40 years still produced C-peptides and showed intact beta-cell functioning, suggesting insulin production may continue for decades after the disease's onset. The findings in Diabetes Care suggest some patients with type 1 diabetes may benefit from treatments designed to preserve or enhance beta cell function, researchers said.

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