AskNadia: I Need Free or Inexpensive Insulin

I receive many emails from people asking me to help them get access to insulin. This column is for you, the person and family member who has reached out to me for help in gaining access to free or affordable insulin. Dear PWD: Unfortunately, not everyone has access to good health insurance. For some, having a CGM or insulin pump may be like reaching for

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AskNadia: Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Not Cover My Humalog Insulin

Dear Nadia, My Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance company who charges me $1,235 a month, just informed me that they would no longer cover my Humalog insulin for my insulin pump in 2018. This news comes with a $565 increase in my monthly premium, starting in the new year. MS Dear MS: The pharmaceutical companies contract with the health insurance companies based on volume

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AskNadia: Skin Reaction to Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I injected Levemir insulin and now I have a ball. Is that normal? It itches as well. Michelle Dear Michelle, Skin reactions to insulin injection are not new. Since the advent of insulin in 1922, people taking injections who experience adverse reactions was once estimated at 50%.  This is believed to be a result of agents like zinc that was used to manufacture

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AskNadia: Buying Generic Insulin in the U.S.

Dear Nadia, Are there a generic insulin? If so, where can I buy it? Jessie Dear Jessie, There are currently no generic insulin in the U.S. market because the patents on the branded insulins have not expired. Every time a patented insulin is improved and approved by the FDA, the patent for that insulin is extended. This can go on for decades. Biosimilar Insulin What

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Weekly Dulaglutide Performs Well in Comparison to Daily Liraglutide

A comparison of the effects on A1c between users of once-weekly dulaglutide (made by Eli Lilly and Company) and once-daily liraglutide (sold as Victoza from Novo Nordisk) shows that both drugs have very similar effects. Researchers at Ohio State University conducted a nine-country study of 599 type 2 patients, aged 18 years and older, with A1c’s between 7% and 10%, and taking at least 1,500

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Novo Nordisk Introduces New Insulin Device to U.S. Market

Novo Nordisk has introduced the Levemir® FlexTouch® prefilled insulin delivery device to the U.S. market. The device, filled with insulin detemir [rDNA origin], the first of its kind that does not use a pushbutton extension. In a conventional insulin delivery device, a pushbutton extends out from the device. If the called-for dose is large, an extension may cause problems for the user. In the FlexTouch,

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Fewer Hypoglycemic Episodes With One Insulin in Head-to-Head Comparison

A recently completed study that compared two types of insulin for treating inadequately controlled type 2 patients showed that insulin degludec/insulin aspart produced fewer instances of hypoglycemia than biphasic insulin aspart 30. However, both types of insulin were equally effective at controlling A1c’s. The international study, conducted by researchers from Australia, Denmark, Finland, India, and Poland, conducted a 26-week trial on type 2 patients whose mean

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NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins: Has A Slam Dunk Formula for Diabetes

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, affectionately known as “The Human Highlight Film” has a few coaching tips for people with diabetes. Several years after retiring from the Atlanta Hawks, Dominique was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Once he stopped playing professional basketball, he stopped exercising and eating well.  Consequently, he started experiencing some common diabetes symptoms, blurry vision and frequent urination. Diabetes was not

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Rev Run and Wife Justine Make Diabetes Prevention a Family Affair

Your family can be the most important tool in your arsenal when it comes to preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes or managing existing symptoms. Who better to encourage you to exercise, shop for healthy foods, and make smarter lifestyle choices than someone who loves you? And who better to do those things for than someone you love? For Rev Run and his wife,

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