Insulin Shortage Could Affect Millions of People in the Future


In less than 12 years 40 million people that will require insulin in order to treat their type 2 diabetes are unlikely to be able to get the drug unless steps are taken in order to improve production and affordability.

Type 2 diabetes cases are surging around the world as more and more people are diagnosed with the illness. While insulin is not always mandatory, patients that suffer from type 1 diabetes need it in order to stay alive.

A recently published study notes that in 2030 80 million patients will need insulin but only half of them will be able to purchase the vital treatment. Currently more than 33 million people are unable to acquire the drug.

It seems that even the current levels of accessibility are not able to meet the demand for the drug as it particularly hard to find in poor regions around the world. The numbers of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will certainly rise in the following years as the obesity epidemic continues to grow, helped in part by aging, urbanization and unhealthy habits.

The UN and World Health organization work hard in order to facilitate treatment around the world but changes come slow. In poor countries where the drug is available the price is often beyond what most people can pay. And the same problem has started to appear even in well-developed countries. Insulin prices are going up rapidly in the US and a federal investigation may target the biggest three manufacturers in order to find out why.

In order to limit the problem governments should do more. Health programs around the world could offer subsidized insulin to patients in need while also keeping the black market under control. It is thought that the nations that will need the most amount of insulin in the future are China, India and the US.

More than 105 million cases of diabetes are estimated to appear in less than two decades, bringing the total number of patients from 406 in the present to approximately 511 million.


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