It’s estimated that over 29 million people in the United States (almost 10% of the population) suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It has a deep and lasting impact on the lives of people afflicted with the disease as well as their families and loved ones.
The body uses insulin to process sugars found in foods. Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. The body can’t break down the sugars into glucose, which the body uses for energy.
Of significant concern now is the rapidly increasing cost of insulin to the patient, increasing by five to ten times over the last ten years. This creates a difficulty for many patients who need insulin to survive. They may have to cut down on other drugs they need which can create other medical issues for them. Increased research for other treatment options are becoming increasingly important.