Insulin for All or Saving Lives


No matter what other images, articles and comments you might see in the media about “diabetes management” for the 10% of “diabetics” who have type 1, the ONLY thing that keeps us alive is insulin. No diet, no exercise, no tablets will stave off the death of a type 1 denied insulin.  Those of us in affluent countries are blessed to have access to affordable insulin, but just imagine being in a place where this wasn’t possible. In many parts of the world insulin costs many times the annual wage of an average person and/or supplies of insulin can’t be guaranteed.  The fate for such people is as described by a 2nd Century physician, known as Aretaeus, the Cappadocian

Diabetes is a wonderful affection*, not very frequent among people, … Life is short, disgusting and painful, thirst unquenchable, death inevitable.

It’s a sobering thought isn’t it?

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*Affection has an archaic meaning of “disease or condition”

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