Insulin Paucity Could Impact 40 Million People With Type 2 Diabetes

Kenny Tucker
November 23, 2018

The study, which used data representing over 60% of the global population with type 2 diabetes, estimates that the number of adults with type 2 diabetes is set to rise to 511 million in 2030.

Researchers from Stanford University projected type 2 diabetes numbers in 221 countries from 2018 and 2030, with half of that group living in China, India and the United States.

The US study team believe this increase could lead to an insulin shortage for people with type 2 diabetes unless access to the hormone is significantly improved.

Globally China, India and the U.S. with the highest population are more prone to diabetes 2 due to the obesity and the sedentary work lifestyle.

However, while this report indicates an expected increase in worldwide insulin use, various research is showing how people with type 2 diabetes can come off insulin by eating a healthy, real-food diet.

"These estimates suggest that current levels of insulin access are highly inadequate compared to projected need, particularly in Africa and Asia", Basu said. Also, the expensive treatment is dominated by three manufacturers.

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A study published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, says access to insulin will fall well short of demand.

Inspite of UN's dedication to cure non-communicable illnesses and safeguard comprehensive acquisition to drugs for diabetes covering much of the world insulin is scarce and needlessly arduous for patients to obtain.

As a result, the amount of insulin needed to effectively treat Type-2 diabetes will rise by more than 20 per cent worldwide over the next 12 years. An estimated 40 million people will not have the medicine they need to control the disease. However, half of them won't have access to an adequate supply of insulin, considering current trends.

"The number of adults with type 2 diabetes is expected to rise over the next 12 years due to aging, urbanization and associated changes in diet and physical activity", said Basu.

The researchers warn that strategies to make insulin more widely available and affordable will be critical to ensure that demand is met. Unless governments commence inventiveness to make insulin accessible and economical, then its application is going to be far from appropriate.

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