Thursday, August 4, 2011

C-peptide and a visit to my endo

I have to comment on my C-peptide on a separate post.  I just put the results on the previous one and I am really excited to see that they have increased since the last time they were measured.

To compare:   at 2 1/2 years, Fasting C-peptide was 0.66               At 3 years it is 0.94
                     at 2 1/2 years, Post-prandial C-peptide was 1.39       At 3 years it is 2.20

My C-peptide has been steadily decreasing over the last few visits, so this is very encouraging to see.  It could just be due to the fact that C-peptide is difficult to accurately measure, but I'm still happy to see that I could still be this high.

My A1c has decreased during this time period too.  At 2 1/2 years it was 6.4.  Now, at 3 years it is 6.0

I have been more aggressive lately with using insulin.  I have been taking 7 units of Lantus instead of 6 and usually taking 1 unit of Novolog with each meal.  Sometimes I can still skip the suppertime dose if I am sure I will be getting some exercise.

I saw my endocrinologist this week.  He was pleased with my A1c and excited as I was with my C-peptides.  I asked him what he thought the reason for the increase might be.  I was trying to get him to say the regeneration word, but he thinks its due to the increased insulin and therefore decreased stress on the islets.  All I know is that I plan to keep on using the higher doses of insulin.

The bad news at this appointment was that my blood pressure was up.  It was 140/90 which is higher than I have ever been.  So he increased my dose of Lisinopril.  He was also concerned with some of the kidney function tests that I had done in Minneapolis.  He is repeating a few of them.  I see a nephrologist at the end of the month, so the followup should help him get a better picture.  I am still getting some ankle swelling during the day.

It sure seems like one thing leads to another, but that does keep it interesting.
In the meantime, I am working on setting up two JDRF Promise meetings and starting to plan for my JDRF walk next month.


Unknown said...

Hi...My name is Pranjali Sharma. I'm a medical student in my third year now. studying in BJ Medical College Pune, Maharashtra. I am participating in a Symposium to be held on 13th August. Our topic is Islet Cell Transplantation. I found your blog very interesting. Can you help us with your experience as a patient? We want to incorporate experiences of patients who have undergone the procedure. It would be lovely to interact with you. I am on blogger myself.
Looking forward to your reply..

Kathy said...

Hi Pranjali,
I would love to answer any questions you might have. email me at

I am pleased that your Symposium is covering this topic. I don't think it gets nearly the amount of discussion that it deserves.


Kathi Kelley said...

Hi, My name is Kathi Kelley and I have been a diabetic for 17 years. Wednesday August 31, 2011 I go to Emory University in Atlanta, Ga to a islet cell transplant consultation and there I will sign the consents to be in the research program. I am very excited about this. I want to be NORMAL again if there is such a thing. I am truly inspired by your story. There is a lady that lives about 25 miles from me and she had an islet cell transplant and she and I have been talking, she is kind of a coach to me. I would to keep in touch with you also.
I live in Andalusia, Alabama. I have been married to a wonderful man for 28 years. I have four beautiful girls and one grandson and one grand daughter on the way. I also have two great son-in-laws.
I have hypoglycemic unawareness. I am currently on an insulin pump and have been for 6 years.
I can't wait to get started on this new phase in my life. I also forgot to mention that I have a port in my chest for medicine and blood withdraws due to having gone into DKA 6 times last year and they still can't figure out why?
My email address is I would love to hear from you and to keep in touch.
God Bless You.
Kathi Kelley