Estrogen in Type 1 Diabetes (EsTiD) study
Young people with Type 1 Diabetes tend to have lower blood levels of the hormone “IGF-I” than people who do not have diabetes. This is associated with difficulties in controlling blood sugar levels and it has been linked to the risk of developing complications. Women who take the oral contraceptive pill have similar changes in their level of IGF-I as women with Type 1 Diabetes. The pill contains two sorts of hormones but the effect on IGF-I is from estrogen. Estrogen is made by the ovaries. Estrogen seems only to affect IGF-I levels when it is taken by mouth, but not when it is made naturally by the body or when it is given as a patch. This study looks at the effect of estrogen from a tablet and a patch on IGF-I in young women with Type 1 Diabetes.
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