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Uninsured with diabetes in the USA

Uninsured with diabetes in the USA

I have had times of desperation where I have used expired insulin, skipped some meals and diluted my insulin with water until I could afford to buy my next vial, but I am alive. I would like to suggest a few things to those who are possibly facing a future with no insurance... Read more

Diabetes in Thailand

Diabetes in Thailand

Thailand is known worldwide for many things: smiles, temples, incredible food, beautiful scenery, and healthcare. Many people from all over the world travel to Thailand for cheap, high quality surgeries. While traveling in Thailand for a month, we wanted to learn about the lesser-known side of healthcare for diabetics, and what management is like for people with type 1 diabetes there... Read more

An Interview with Professor Jean-Claude Mbanya

Our trustee James Elliott was recently in the African nation of Cameroon. While at the University of Yaoundé, he had the opportunity to speak with Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, a leading voice for people with diabetes in Cameroon, Africa and the World. We hope you enjoy reading their conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Read more

A Letter to Congress

A Letter to Congress

I write to you today as a young American with serious concerns for the future of health care in this country, namely with the GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). My health situation forces a more elevated interest in the current health care debate compared to many of my young peers because I have type 1 diabetes. My fellow diabetics and I (who number around 30 million in the US) rely on access to affordable prescriptions and health care for our very survival. When I say my concerns are serious, I am not exaggerating. Read more

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Just a few hours after World Diabetes Day the media in Mexico was frightening. According to the press, diabetes has become the number one cause of death in Mexico. We all know that it is actually the complications of diabetes, due to a lack of adequate treatments and insulin, that is killing our peers...
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Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 38 years ago (March of 1979), my insulin cost my parents $10 a vial. Now, my co-pay for my insulin is $40 for the brand my insurance company wants me to use, or $60 for the brand that works better for me. If I choose to use my local pharmacy, and get my supplies for 3 months at a time, I have to pay the full amount of $120 for each Rx. If I use the insurance company and get everything via the mail, I only save $20. Read more

International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

In the world of Type 1 diabetes (T1D), “warriors” are the valiant people living with this chronic condition. Sonia Nabeta was one such warrior, who for 16 years believed that her T1D diagnosis was a gift. Until her earthly candle was snuffed out in August 2015, she was convinced that T1D knocked on her door to sharpen attributes that otherwise would have lain dormant! She credited this ailment for many of her salient qualities, especially her diligence and discipline but most of all her compassion. Read more

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

My life is a roller coaster ride of uncertainty. I just want the tools I need to manage my life and to experience a semblance of happiness. Instead, I am squabbling with insurance and pharmaceutical companies to provide the care that I believe is my natural human right. The injustices experienced by type 1 diabetics in this country amount to a form of massacre. Read more

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 12, after my mom noticed I had lost an extreme amount of weight after three days at summer camp. She had my uncle, a type 2 diabetic test my blood sugar, like he had many times before because of my fascination with medical equipment. Except this time, something was wrong. Read more

America is Number 1 - in Diabetes Costs

America is Number 1 - in Diabetes Costs

Everyone likes being #1, and Americans are no exception. Few Americans will be celebrating that they have the world’s highest out of pocket costs for insulin and other life-saving diabetes supplies. Read more