In the July edition of Diabetes Bites, we asked about what you think will happen to the price of insulin in the next 12 months. There were 124 responses, and here’s what you had to say:
4% It will come down substantially, due mostly to government subsidies & new regulations.
32% It will come down a little bit, due mostly to market forces.
38% It won’t change. Nothing ever changes when it comes to drug prices.
26% It will probably go up. Greed always seems to win out.
0% I don’t really care… my insurance covers the cost of my insulin.
Overall, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of faith that the “system” will do much to fix the problem. The high cost of insulin is something we may have to deal with for a while longer. For those with Type-2, insulin requirements may be reduced or eliminated through weight loss, lifestyle changes and use of other medications. But for those with Type-1, insulin is necessary for survival. Don’t forget that each insulin company offers free or very low-cost insulin for those in need; check the manufacturers’ websites for details.
THIS MONTH’S NEW SURVEY QUESTION:
Recent research showed that people achieve higher levels of exercise performance when music is playing in the background. Of course, that probably depends on the music. What is your preferred background environment while working out?
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