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According to Reuters on 11/21/2018:

A global diabetes epidemic is fueling record demand for insulin, but tens of millions will not get the injections they need unless there is a dramatic improvement in access and affordability, a new study concludes.

Diabetes — which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart problems, neuropathic pain and amputations — now affects 9 percent of all adults worldwide, up from 5 percent in 1980.

The vast majority have Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked to obesity and lack of exercise, and cases are spreading particularly rapidly in the developing world as people adopt more Western, urban lifestyles.

Researchers said the amount of insulin needed to effectively treat Type 2 diabetes would rise by more than 20 percent over the next 12 years, but insulin would be beyond the reach of half of the 79 million Type 2 diabetics predicted to need it in 2030.

The shortfall is most acute in Africa, where the research team, led by Dr. Sanjay Basu from Stanford University, estimated that supply would have to rise sevenfold to treat at-risk patients who had reached the stage of requiring insulin to control their blood sugar. Their study was published Tuesday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.

“These estimates suggest that current levels of insulin access are highly inadequate compared to projected need, particularly in Africa and Asia,” Basu said.

“Despite the U.N.’s commitment to treat noncommunicable diseases and ensure universal access to drugs for diabetes, across much of the world insulin is scarce and unnecessarily difficult for patients to access.”

 

Children who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop diabetes than kids who typically get enough shuteye, a UK study suggests and reports  by Lisa Rapaport of Reuters Health

That’s because each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation of sugars in the blood, researchers report in Pediatrics. Obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which happens when the body can’t properly use or make enough of the hormone insulin to convert blood sugar into energy.

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Our customers didn’t care how much we knew until they knew how much we cared. ~ Damon Richards

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My good friend Brian recently told me something that I didn’t know. He said  “did you know your business, Focus Express Mail Pharmacy, is NOT in the pharmacy or diabetes mail order business?”

“WHAT?? Of course it is” I said.

“No no no. It’s not!” he insisted. ” It’s in the customer service business!” He added. ” You give such wonderful customer service to your patients. You call their doctors for refills so they don’t have to, you ship overnight with no fees for shipping, you take care of all the billing and insurance problems so they don’t have to,  and you accept the insurance reimbursement as payment in full so they have No Co-Pay! Most of all, everyone there talks to your patients with a smile on their face and as if they were their only customer!”

I had never thought about it that way. But, of course he was right. If everyone at Focus wasn’t nice and didn’t treat EVERYONE with the care and respect they deserve, the patients would never know about our many years of pharmacy, diabetes, and insulin pump experience. They would just hang up and look elsewhere. In fact, much of our growth has been because our very satisfield customers refer their friends, family, and fellow employees to us. That only happens with great cusomer service.

So thank you Brian for your insight!  You learn something new everyday!

The bolus-basal insulin injection regime for those living with diabetes works like your body should, but may not be a suitable fit for everyone.

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If you have insulin dependent diabetes, you’re very familiar with bolus insulin, the type of insulin that is short-acting, typically taken with meals. However, not as many people with diabetes are as familiar with the other kind, basal insulin or, for that matter,  the bolus-basal insulin regime. Read on to learn the difference between bolus and basal injections and why a bolus-basal routine might be right for you.

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Recent research shows that women who eat a diet high in potatoes might have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.

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Potatoes seem to be on every menu and for good reason: The starchy tubers are cheap, nutritious and delicious. Although once only widely eaten in Europe, North America and eastern Europe, recent years have seen increases in consumption in the rest of the world, with China currently the largest producer, accounting for one-third of potatoes grown globally. So what’s the downside to the spud’s spread?

Continue Reading Potatoes, Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes: What’s the Deal?

There are Diabetes apps to help you manage your diet, set up doctor’s appointment reminders and track your health.

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There really is an app for everything, including apps to help you manage your diabetes. From reminders about appointments to weight management tips and tracking your glucose levels, diabetes care has never been easier for those of us with smartphones.

Here are some of the best apps to help you manage your diabetes:

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Fewer cases of diabetes are being reported in recent years. However, the epidemic is not over!!

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The number of new diabetes cases being reported has declined for the fifth year straight. After decades of increases, this is a positive sign according to health care professionals. In 2014, 1.4 million people were diagnosed with diabetes, which is down from 1.7 million new cases reported in 2009. While the statistics are great news, they don’t mean the epidemic has ended.

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Two top universities have teamed up to make important in-roads into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

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What happens when researchers from two top universities team up? In this case, it means some very good news for Type I diabetes sufferers. Researchers from MIT’s David H. Koch Institute and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute along with several other institutions released news in early 2016 of research that may mean a cure for Type I diabetes is within reach. While the research is promising, the new technology is still in the early stages of testing.

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It’s important to know what medications are safe to take when you have a cold or allergy symptoms if you’re a diabetes sufferer. Here are some tips.

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Cold and allergy season is here again! As someone with diabetes, careful consideration should be made before taking any over-the-counter medications for your cold or allergy. When you’re sick, your glucose levels are already affected, so it’s best to avoid certain medications that may make it worse.

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Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods. There are plenty of diabetes friendly recipes if you want to enjoy a LATE or a VERY EARLY St. Patrick’s Day this year!

st patricks dayBetter late than never………Holiday’s celebrated with friends, family and special foods don’t have to be a problem if you suffer from diabetes. St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect example of when eating some holiday-inspired dishes can make for a special occasion. Here are some diabetes friendly recipes for celebrating “the wearing of the green!”

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