Which, if your understanding is correct would mean someone could return with a good result, but still have insulin as the cause?
Based solely on my observations, I think the answer is yes. Especially early in the disease when attacks and deficits are few. A high school friend had one attack (of several months and significant severity) in 1992, upon which a "probable MS" diagnosis was made. I think if her insulin had been tested at that time, it would have been high. She recovered her abilities (during which time I think her pancreas was re-booting to normal) and she reports no problems now and "feeling strong as an ox."
I think timing
of the test MAY affect the result.
In my opinion, there is still the possibility that the pancreas may continue to malfunction to a lesser degree with resulting disabilities being mild. The function switch is not limited to "high" and "low," but many degrees between.
To your question:
Actually, I was just thinking, my only trigger for a relapse is a cold/flu. Is this a known issue for the pancreas/insulin?
Again, MY opinion, based on my own chronic sinus drainage (noted on each MRI as severe sinusitis), is that mucus acts as glucose in the system to stimulate insulin secretion. All my friends with MS report having allergies, chronic sinus infections, sinus problems, etc. Given my suspicion, it is not surprising that a relapse would follow a cold/flu with its accompanying mucus. I am looking for a scientist to confirm that mucus has this property. As I recall, there are researchers at Utah working in this area.
But this is only one situation affecting the pancreas. Stress is known to cause increased insulin production. As could a virus or bacterium that settles into the pancreas; or simply genetic weakness there, it seems to me.
Thank you for posting your search find. Yes, I use cinnamon, chromium, and zinc currently, biotin in the recent past. I can't say I have seen any benefit with any of them.