For the people living with diabetes (both type-1 and type-2) , literally the insulin is like their lifeline. But a new study predicts that as the number of people with diabetes continues to rises, there will be a shortage of insulin by 2030.
According to a new study, by 2030 about 79 million of people with diabetes (type-2) are expected to need insulin to maintain their condition but, only half among them will be able to get the essential supply.
Insulin is necessary to control the blood sugar level, it helps to balance out blood sugar levels and keeps them in a normal stage.
People with type 1 diabetes doesnot produce enough insulin or has become resistant to insulin. Therefore, needs insulin injections to allow their body to process glucose. And type-2 diabetes need insulin to help them better process sugar . So both types of diabetes need insulin to prevent long-term complications from these disease.
The research is led by Dr. Sanjay Basu, Assistant Professor of medicine at Stanford University . “Despite the UN’s commitment to treat non-communicable diseases and ensure universal access to drugs for diabetes, across much of the world insulin is scarce and unnecessarily difficult for patients to access,” said Dr. Sanjay Basu.
To get a picture of type 2 diabetes number across 221 countries, the team by using the data from the International Diabetes Foundation and 14 studies modeled the burden of type-2 diabetes from 2018-2030.
The team suggested that the number of people with type -2 will rise from 406 million in 2018 to 511 million in 2030. However, all the people will not be in need of insulin. From 511 million about 79 million is predicted in need of insulin and among that only half (i.e, 38 million) of them will be able to access it.