Until today, I thought of C-peptide as one of the tests that they do to see how much insulin your body was producing.
While reading Allie’s Voice and Scott’s blog, I learned about the importance of c-peptide for protecting the walls of our arteries and maintaining nerve function (OK, someone correct me if any of this is wrong… this is all new info for me). Here is the simplest explanation that I found: click here.
Now I know that most type 1’s out there have VERY low levels of c-peptide in their body… Using animal insulins used to give type 1 diabetics both insulin and c-peptide. Analog insulins give us ONLY insulin without the c-peptide and its apparent healing powers.
When I search for the answer WHY, Allie, Scott (very reliable voices, IMHO), and even Wikipedia indicated that it is an unethical move on the part of pharmaceutical companies. The research is there on the benefits of c-peptide-- our type 1 bodies don’t make it and now (since most of us use analog insulin) we don’t get it. So our nerves and blood vessels suffer.
In a former discussion , Michelle Curtis pointed out that perhaps the reason for NOT putting c-peptide back in our insulin is that most type 2’s don’t need c-peptide. And we know that they form the biggest market for pharmaceutical companies.
OK, even if I can’t have the c-peptide with my insulin (unless i switch to animal insulin), I would inject it separately. So what I want to know is : WHERE can I get c-peptide? There seems to be a company in Sweden working to develop c-peptide injections… is there anything like this on the market yet???