High insulin prices have more people with diabetes sharing medicine and supplies

Jun 20, 2022
Many people with diabetes who can't afford the insulin they need to stay alive are turning to social media for help.
Alina Bills lives with Type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump to regulate her blood sugar.
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Insulin began saving lives a century ago. Why is it still so unaffordable?

Jan 28, 2022
In other developed countries, affordability is far less of an issue.
One in four diabetics has rationed insulin because of its cost.
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Diabetes prevention becomes lucrative growth industry

Nov 27, 2015
With 86 million prediabetic Americans, a new mandate creates huge opportunities.

The new math in healthcare: make money by saving money

Jun 22, 2015
The idea: lower medical costs a lot by spending a little more on social services.

Diabetes' new frontier: China

Mar 24, 2014
Hundreds of millions of Chinese have moved to the city, leaving behind farmer’s diets.

FDA goes after makers of alternative diabetes treatments

Jul 24, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration says products marketed as natural or homeopathic treatments for diabetes can be dangerous.

FDA to consider lifting safety warnings on Avandia, but is it too little, too late?

Jun 5, 2013
The FDA is expected to take another look at controversial diabetes drug Avandia after researchers at Duke have concluded the drug doesn't increase the risk of cardiovascular death as previously reported.

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Everyone pays the high cost of diabetes

Mar 7, 2013
New research says diabetes cost the nation a record $245 billion in 2012, up more than 40 percent in the past five years.

California cities vote on soda tax

Nov 6, 2012
A ballot initiative in Richmond and El Monte proposes a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Proponents say it could help prevent diabetes among low-income residents and generate revenue, but the soft drink industry is spending millions to block it.

Dogs trained to spot diabetics' blood sugar swings

Sep 24, 2012
There's a burgeoning industry of inexpensive classes that promise to train dogs to alert their diabetic owners to a change in their blood sugar.