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  • Writer's pictureAylmer Johnson

The Reality of Insulin in America: 1.3 Million American Diabetics Ration Supply in Past Year

A recent study has shown that 1.3 million American diabetics have had to ration their insulin supply in the past year due to the high cost of the medication. The study also showed that a large number of these diabetics are uninsured or underinsured, and face significant financial hardship as a result.



This is a serious issue that highlights the struggles many diabetics face in managing their condition, and underscores the need for increased access to insulin and other diabetes medications. Some possible solutions to this problem include expanding access to affordable insulin and developing new insulin delivery methods that are more cost-effective. Until these measures are implemented, it will be critical for diabetics to work closely with their doctors and healthcare providers to ensure they have the resources they need to effectively manage their condition.

In December, Utah resident Stephanie Arceneaux's will have been living with type 1 diabetes for 30 years. Diagnosed at age 6, she is now insulin dependent and says the condition has changed dramatically since her diagnosis: "I've seen a lot of changes within how diabetes was cared for." Her husband also suffers from this illness while their young son requires medication as well—all three depend solely on proper injections or capsules filled by doctors' prescriptions to survive day-to-"day." When stories emerged detailing individuals rationing doses due lack thereof in some parts outside healthcare facilities like hospitals (as happened to insulin-dependent patients in Parkland Memorial Hospital), it became apparent that something had to be done—quickly.

According to a recent study published by the Journal of Medical Economics, 1.3 million American diabetics have been forced to ration insulin supplies due to the high cost of this medication. This is particularly alarming given that insulin is a vital treatment for diabetes and helps diabetics manage their condition effectively. Many of those who are uninsured or underinsured struggle to afford insulin, putting them at risk for serious health complications if their insulin supply runs out.

More than 37 million adults in the US have diabetes, but 1 out 5 don't know it. The number of people diagnosed with this illness has more than doubled over last year and it's considered an autoimmune disease - meaning your body stops manufacturing its own insulin so you depend on outside sources such as injections or tablets to regulate blood sugar levels when necessary.


No matter which type (or types) we're talking about here though: Type 2 can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices like eating right; staying active throughout everyday life even if there isn’t much exercise involved.; reducing stressors Around 10% percent happen because someone inherits genes from both parents (depending on the type of insulin one's body needs to have) and insulin resistance—or when cells fail to respond properly to insulin—is often a precursor for diabetes.


The Dangers of Not Having Enough insulin


When insulin is not available, diabetics are at risk for serious health complications. Without insulin, the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar levels, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Some of the most common complications associated with diabetes include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.



Rationing insulin Supplies


People with diabetes are often forced to ration their insulin supplies due to the high cost of this medication. This can lead to serious health complications if their insulin supply runs out.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 230,000 people die each year in the United States from untreated diabetes. It is therefore critical that people with diabetes have access to insulin and other diabetes medications so they can effectively manage their condition and avoid these potentially deadly complications.


What can you do to help people with diabetes control blood sugar?


There are several things you can do to help people with diabetes manage their condition and avoid serious health complications.



The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes:


- Follow a healthy diet plan that includes regular physical activity

- Monitor their blood sugar levels regularly

- Take their insulin and other medications as prescribed

- Seek immediate medical care if they experience any symptoms of a diabetic emergency, such as extreme thirst, excessive urination, blurred vision, or confusion.

The Reality of Diabetes in America: 1.3 Million American Diabetics Ration Supply in Past Year is a sobering reminder of the high cost of insulin and the dangers of not having enough insulin available to those who need it. It also highlights the importance of staying healthy to prevent type 2 diabetes, eating right, being physically active, reducing stress levels, and monitoring blood sugar levels regularly.

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