Insulin - Drug Money Wars, Part Two
In part because of a $300 Billion-a-year American Parasite called the Pharmacy Benefits Managers, Ike McCorkle, USMC, Retired, and 2022 Candidate for Colorado's U.S. 4th House district, and newcomer Isaiah Sandoval join Rational Politics' Nigel Aves, to discuss how the U.S. can push back on the high price of Insulin and the absurd costs for diabetics in the USA.
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Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that plays a critical role in regulating blood sugar levels in the body. It allows the body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food we eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin also helps to lower the amount of sugar in the bloodstream by promoting the uptake of glucose into cells, particularly in muscle, fat, and liver cells.
In people with diabetes, there is either a lack of insulin production (Type 1 diabetes) or the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin (Type 2 diabetes). As a result, blood sugar levels can become abnormally high, which can lead to various health complications if not properly managed.
There are several types of insulin available, and they can be classified based on their onset, peak, and duration of action. These types include:
- Rapid-acting insulin: Starts working within 15 minutes, peaks around 1 hour, and lasts for about 2 to 4 hours.
- Short-acting insulin: Begins working within 30 minutes, peaks at around 2 to 3 hours, and remains effective for approximately 3 to 6 hours.
- Intermediate-acting insulin: Takes effect within 1 to 2 hours, peaks at about 4 to 12 hours, and may last up to 18 hours.
- Long-acting insulin: Works gradually over several hours and has a relatively stable effect for about 24 hours or more.
Insulin can be administered via injection using a syringe, insulin pen, or insulin pump. It cannot be taken orally because digestive enzymes would break it down before it reaches the bloodstream.
For people with Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is essential for survival since their bodies do not produce insulin. For individuals with Type 2 diabetes, insulin therapy may be prescribed when oral medications and lifestyle changes are not sufficient to control blood sugar levels.
Managing insulin therapy requires careful monitoring of blood sugar levels, adjusting insulin dosages as needed, and maintaining a balanced diet and regular exercise routine.
It's important for individuals with diabetes to work closely with their healthcare team to develop an appropriate insulin regimen and to learn how to administer and monitor insulin properly to achieve optimal blood sugar control and prevent complications associated with diabetes.