Insulin

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Cost and availability of insulin and other diabetes supplies: IDF survey 2002-2003

Insulin is a life-sustaining medication and as such has been designated an ‘essential drug’ by the World Health Organization (WHO). Insulin therefore should be universally available to everyone who requires it for survival. However, accessibility to the drug is often not secure. This results in life-threatening complications for people who depend on insulin for survival. The authors of this article, in reporting on the results of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) survey, 2002-2003, make a call for improvements to the pricing and availability

Diabetes in times of crisis

President's editorial

Understanding the psychological barriers to effective diabetes therapy

In order to minimize the risk of diabetes complications, effective therapy for people with Type 2 diabetes involves lifestyle changes and poly-pharmacy targeting levels of blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fat. However, the strict targets set in recent guidelines are seldom achieved by the majority of people with diabetes. Barriers to effective diabetes therapy have been identified within the organization of health care and in the interaction between health-care providers and people with

Plans to stop animal insulin production. Bad news for developing countries

For the West, the availability of animal insulin is a question of freedom of choice. However, it is the only way of survival for a number of people with diabetes in the developing world. Will the plea for help from the people with diabetes in the developing countries, in search of life, go unnoticed, unheard?

Urgent call for international disaster management strategy for diabetes

The world has received shocking news on earthquakes and flooding in many countries in recent months. Not long ago, the war in Kosovo and the earthquakes in Venezuela were the main topics in the news in which thousands of deaths and injuries, lost homes and destroyed villages and cities were reported. What are the worst problems for people with diabetes in these catastrophic situations? What can be done on a local and international basis to help them survive and continue their lives under such difficult circumstances?

Insulin resistance: the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease

As everyone with diabetes knows, insulin is the most important hormone controlling the blood glucose level, with effects particularly directed to muscle, fat and liver. It has been known for several decades that a poor response of the body’s tissues to insulin – called ‘insulin resistance’ – is of major importance in the development of type 2 diabetes. Many people develop insulin resistance and have a significant metabolic disturbance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sponsor a child and save a life

Families of children with diabetes in developing countries are facing an impossible situation. In these regions, the full cost of managing a child with this condition is higher than the average total annual income. Consequently, children with diabetes frequently die quickly. To help alleviate this situation, IDF has commenced a sponsorship programme aiming to support children with diabetes in developing countries. The programme, Life for a Child, was launched at the 17th IDF Congress in Mexico City in November last year.

Psychological insulin resistance: what do patients and providers fear most?

If insulin is such an effective drug, why are so many people with type 2 diabetes reluctant to take it, and sometimes really apprehensive, despite acknowledged poor outcomes on diet and oral blood glucose lowering agents? Are healthcare providers part of the problem? Is there such syndrome as Insulin Resistance (PIR)? For a better understanding of PIR, which is commonly observed as a problem in type 2 diabetes, we need to look beyond the demonstrated efficacy of insulin, and understand people’s beliefs, emotions and concerns regarding insulin treatment.

Lessons from the history of insulin

I recently had the enormous honour to unveil a large bronze statue of Nicolae Paulescu in Bucharest together with the President of Romania. The occasion was the 80th anniversary of the publication of Paulescu’s seminal paper on his discovery of insulin…

Insulin therapy: current views and new options

Since the discovery of insulin, treatment for diabetes has come a long way towards saving the lives of those affected. There are now many options which make diabetes care more convenient and comfortable. People with diabetes have become more and more responsible for their own care through the development of new knowledge and new possibilities. This article presents a brief commentary on what is now available in diabetes insulin treatment.

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