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Diabetes epidemic fuels demand for insulin

October 14, 2019


CHARLES: NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH, AND A GLOBAL DIABETES EPIDEMIC REALLY LEADING TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR INSULIN. DIABETES NOW AFFECTS 9% OF ADULTS WORLDWIDE, UP 5% — FROM 5% BACK IN 1980. THE DEMAND FOR INSULIN IS SO HIGH THAT EXPERTS PREDICT THAT HALF OF THE 79 MILLION PEOPLE WHO NEED IT WON’T BE ABLE TO GET IT BY 2030. JOINING ME, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR DR. NICOLE SAFFIRE. THIS IS PRETTY WORRISOME, OBVIOUSLY. WHO IS MAKING THIS, CAN THEY SPEED UP PRODUCTION, OR IS THIS JUST A RACE, THE NUMBERS ARE TOO LARGE?>>WELL, BY 2030 WE WILL HAVE ABOUT 511 MILLION WITH DIABETES. CHARLES: GLOBALLY, RIGHT?>>YES. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW ARE THOSE WHO REQUIRE INSULIN. HALF OF THE PEOPLE WITH TYPE II DIABETES REQUIRE INSULIN AND ALL THOSE WITH TYPE I REQUIRE IT. WE HAVE THREE MAIN MANUFACTURERS OF INSULIN. IT IS A LEGALIZED MONOPOLY RIGHT NOW. ONLY ONE IS IN THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS REALLY TRYING TO WORK ON GETTING CHEAPER, LESS EXPENSIVE INSULIN ON TO THE MARKET, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PATENT INFRINGEMENT WE ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME WITH THAT. LEGAL MONOPOLY. WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THE LESS EXPENSIVE INSULIN ON THE MARKET LIKE THEY HAVE INTERNATIONALLY. YOU CAN GO TO EUROPE OR EVEN CANADA, YOU CAN BUY OUR OLDER PRODUCT, ANIMAL-BASED INSULIN, SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAPER THAN WHAT WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY WORK ACTUALLY THE SAME. AGAIN, THE LEGAL MONOPOLY WE HAVE GOING ON WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TACKLING. BUT I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT HOW CAN WE ACTUALLY PREVENT IT, BECAUSE JUST BECAUSE THESE ARE PROJECTIONS, WE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE SOME MOVES TO PREVENT THESE CASES OF DIABETES. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY, THIS ISN’T ACTUALITY. WHAT ABOUT PREVENTION? I WANT PEOPLE TO START TALKING ABOUT THAT. WHY ARE WE ALREADY WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE TREATMENT IS GOING TO BE AND THE LACK OF INSULIN? WHAT ABOUT HOW ABOUT HAVING PEOPLE AVOID USING IT ALL TOGETHER? CHARLES: TO YOUR POINT SO THE AUDIENCE KNOWS, IN 2015 WE HAD 30 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, 9% OF THE POPULATION WITH DIABETES. ONLY ONE MILLION OF THEM HAD TYPE I. IN OTHER WORDS, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF FOLKS KIND OF ATE THEMSELVES INTO THIS PREDICAMENT, AND IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE SORT OF RUB THAT WE’RE TALKING ALMOST 80,000 DEATHS ANNUALLY, WE’RE TALKING $327 BILLION THAT IT COSTS THE U.S. ECONOMY. IT’S AN EXPENSIVE SITUATION FOR SOMETHING, TO YOUR POINT, THAT IN ACTUALITY COULD BE AVOIDED.>>THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TYPE I VERSUS TYPE II, TYPE I IS NOT PREVENTIBLE BUT ONLY 5% TO 10% OF PEOPLE WITH DIABETES HAVE TYPE I. THE REST HAVE TYPE II. UP TO 80% TO 90% OF THOSE CASES CAN ACTUALLY BE PREVENTIBLE WITH LIFESTYLE CHANGES, LOSING WEIGHT, HEALTHY EATING HABITS, DRINKING A LOT OF WATER AND EXERCISE. CHARLES: IS IT FAIR FOR TAXPAYER WHOSE ARE PAYING FOR A LOT OF THE MEDICINE HERE WHO HAVE TO ENDURE THIS $327 BILLION FOR A LOT OF IT, IS THAT EVEN FAIR, OR –>>THAT’S A PHILOSOPHICAL DEBATE AND THAT’S WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WITH HEALTH CARE. PEOPLE ARE SAYING HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT BUT IS IT WHEN PEOPLE HAVE BAD CHOICES, CONSCIOUS DECISIONS ARE ACTUALLY MAKING THESE DISEASES. CHARLES: WE KNOW IT IS AN EPIDEMIC. FATTY LIVER IS AN EPIDEMIC.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Chris Bullock November 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I am glade you said the 2 differences in diabetes. me personally, I have type 1 for that last 38 years and people say it cn be cured but what they are talking about is type II . I will also say I keep pigs on my property in worse case senior and will have no issue getting the insulin out of them to save myself

  • Reply D P November 21, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I hear that natural therapies are significantly better. Something to look into, for sure. Of course prevention thru nutrition only makes sense.

  • Reply brian deleon November 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    This is fake news and it sounds like you are taking the side of the greedy pharmaceutical company's. Type 1 has nothing to do with diet, weight, lack of exercise. When you have it, you are dependent on insulin, without it you die. Type 1 is growing at an alarming rate, and no one knows why. It could be environmental, or caused by heavy metals in vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies are making a killing!!!!!

  • Reply briellespop November 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Good they made the point that Type 1 is NOT brought about by personal health mismanagement, it's an autoimmune disease that mostly strikes children. T1 has no relation to a person’s dietary habits or lack or exercise and nothing can be done to prevent it. At $327b per year and skyrocketing diagnosis the govt needs to invest more funds into research as many of our top diabetes researchers have stated they are nearing a cure. This disease represents a humanitarian and fiscal crises that is exploding on the world population. Cancer and AIDS receive way more funding than diabetes, however the cost of care of these diseases pale in comparison to diabetes.

  • Reply Anna West November 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Marijuana treats type 2 diabetes so if you are in a legal place there you go.

  • Reply curioustgeorge03 November 21, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    This lady is a doctor brought on to be an expert in diabetes? Has she treated anyone with diabetes that can't afford it insulin? You can go to any Walmart and get human insulin. Made by one of the 3 insulin companies for $24 a vial. That program was expanded to CVS and other pharmacies last year with a free card. Not just ancient animal insulin she's describing. Please bring on an expert next time..not someone with just a title or degree!

  • Reply Richard Goode November 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Stock for drug's as a point in Europe.

  • Reply N Brown November 21, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    How about we change our medical paradigm from treatment based to prevention based. Proper nutrition and basic exercise does wonders. Sugar – The other opioid lol.

  • Reply Mark Marola November 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    More sheep

  • Reply MEXCAN FUN November 22, 2018 at 2:19 am

    COCA COLA is killing my Mexican friends. Sugar is poison. No animals will eat sugar.

  • Reply Christopher Steele November 22, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Trumps base will really suffer the consequences.

  • Reply Max Mustermann November 22, 2018 at 7:21 am

    The USA have a splendid business model. One industry sells sugar one insulin… 🙂

  • Reply Kevin Bailey November 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    End the use of high fructose corn syrups use in so many products and I bet diabetes would go down in the country.

  • Reply Fred Frond May 18, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    https://youtu.be/qqnKTgudXx8 watch dr. Jason fung. Intermittent fasting eat for 9 hours and fast for 15 every day you will feel better or 5 days a week, any arthritis pain will be alleviated, in addition to the metabolic benefits. No drugs and it is free. If you are overweight, pre diabetic, have arthritis pain it is very powerful. If you are obese or diabetic do it under the supervision of a dr. that believes in this.

  • Reply darthvader5300 July 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Use Henry Ford's principle of high quality, mass production, lower costs. Build factories that manufacturers all kinds of factories, ESPECIALLY MANUFACTURING THE FACTORIES THAT MAKES INSULIN. Mass production of manufacturing of industial facilities that manufactures insulin and other medicines will in turn lowers the costs of insulin because there are so many insulin factories that manufactures insulin itself!

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