I got good news from my lab results from last week!!
First of all, my a1c went down to 5.5 from 5.8. I tested negative for Celiac’s disease and my thyroid is still functioning, despite my positive antibodies. I wanted to get my thiamine levels tested and my endo said okay but for some reason they didn’t get the results back from that…
The clinical trial I’m in is testing abatacept, a drug that could possibly prolong the honeymoon phase in newly onset type 1 diabetes by interfering with immune system signaling that causes the autoimmune attack of the insulin producing beta cells.
One way to see if the drug is working is by doing a c-peptide test. C-peptide measures how much insulin a person is naturally producing. And my c-peptide increased, meaning I’m producing more of my own insulin!!! Three months ago before I started the clinical trial my c-peptide was low at .3. My lab’s normal reference values are .8- 3.5. This time my c-peptide value was .9!!! My endo seemed surprised and said that I was “still going”. My insulin requirements have roughly stayed the same since starting the study.
So what does this mean? Is it the drug, honeymoon, or something else? There can be so many explanations and some that we don’t even know about. I just really hope the trend continues!