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Guest blog: Diabetes charity’s survey examines cost of worldwide supplies

Given the technological developments within diabetes research, it’s hard to fathom how anyone living with diabetes should go into debt or die an early death because of the outrageous prices for insulin and supplies.

T1International, a diabetes charity, launched a worldwide survey in March of 2016 to explore the costs that people pay out of pocket for things like insulin, test strips, and other diabetes costs. We have now received over 200 responses from more than 40 countries. What we found confirmed our concerns about the unaffordability of insulin and diabetes supplies worldwide, and some of the survey data that was gathered is quite alarming.

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Could Victoza become a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes?

This week there was news from a small study that showed that Novo Nordisk’s Victoza could serve as a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, as a supplement to insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves dealing with large swings in blood sugar on a near-to daily basis which can be particularly difficult to control. The study on Victoza indicated that the drug helps to reduce the swings in blood sugar and improved overall blood glucose control.

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Mr Farenheit – diabetes and another cold virus

Oh dear I sigh, as another virus comes my way and has me coughing my lungs out somewhat. It’s less the drowsy feeling and the pains in the chest whenever I have a real good cough that bother me, it’s the blood sugar levels getting so out of whack that troubles me.

Liver la vida loca

I wish I could tell my liver, “It’s ok, I’ll handle the sugar provision this time. Please don’t drop another two teaspoons of glucose into my blood again!”

But, alas, it’s useless. There my body goes again and dutifully dumps half a sack of sugary non-goodness into my weary arteries. Crazy liver indeed.

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What’s all this talk about cures?

Recently there has seen a swell of interest surrounding news that a cure for type 1 might be on the horizon.

The interest has been sparked by the news that University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that mice that produced no insulin did not experience high blood sugars if their glucagon receptors were blocked. Glucagon being the hormone which, in non-diabetic individuals, works in tandem with insulin to control blood sugar levels.

Glucagon could become insulin replacement for type 1 diabetes treatment

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