A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I had a hold up on getting my Omnipod because my amazingly awesome (/sarcasm) insurance company wanted me to prove that I don’t make any insulin by taking a C-peptide test. Because clearly I’ve just been making this up for the past 19 years.
I suppose I shouldn’t be that mean to my insurance company. I mean, after all, at least I have health insurance. Oh what the hell. A little meanness is probably warranted. I mean, really? A C-peptide test?!
The silver lining, if you can call it that, is that I was four years overdue in getting my lab work done (I know, I know!) and so this was the perfect motivator to get five vials of blood drained out of me (because clearly maintaining my kidney and liver function wasn’t cutting it).
About a week later, I received an email from my endo (!) detailing the results of the tests. Kidney and liver function were great. (I knew it!) LDL was a little high, and my Vitamin D and thyroid levels were a little low. After doing some research, I found out that high LDL can actually be caused from low thyroid levels, so it all makes perfect sense. I’ve also had some issues with my recent round of weight loss, and I think my thyroid and Vitamin D levels are likely playing a significant role in that. I’ve already started a heavy dose of Vitamin D, and should be starting synthroid soon.
The one thing my endo didn’t mention was my C-peptide levels. C-peptide is a protein that is a by-product of producing insulin. No C-peptide, no insulin. Since she didn’t say anything like, “OMG, Allison, your C-peptide levels are astronomical! You’re cured!!” I figured that they were negative and that I was, indeed, still a non-insulin producing human. I contacted Insulet, and they went ahead and got the results, and have sent them off to Cigna for approval.
Late last week, I finally got the lab report sent to my home so I could take a look firsthand at how my levels shook out. As predicted, I make negligible insulin.
But just in case you need proof that I haven’t been making all of this up: