Today is World Diabetes Day, a global awareness campaign sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. Though awareness and understanding of diabetes has increased year-over-year, and the rate of new diagnoses each year is beginning to decrease in the United States, there are still far too many people affected by the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body either does not make enough insulin or none at all, or does not use it properly, leading to high blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Diabetes is broken into two main types:
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease primarily diagnosed in children and young adults. When someone suffers from type 1 diabetes, their body does not produce insulin, and they need the help of insulin therapy or other treatments to counter-balance this deficiency. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes suffer from type 1.
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diagnosed cases of diabetes. A person suffering from type 2 diabetes is typically dealing with insulin resistance, where their body does not use insulin properly. They also need insulin injections, but maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help with managing type 2 diabetes.
PPA can help
For people suffering from diabetes who need financial assistance, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance – or PPA – may be able to help. More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and PPA ensures that programs designed to help diabetes patients are much more accessible. The PPA website connects diabetes patients with programs that provide medicines for free or nearly free to qualifying patients. It also links patients to other programs that provide financial assistance for supplies and related health care items and services. These include free glucose meters, test strips, insulin syringes, medical testing, service animals and more.
Since launching in 2005, PPA has helped nearly 10 million people who are uninsured or underinsured access patient assistance programs designed to help qualifying Americans get access to prescription medications for free or nearly free.
Learn more here about the more than 170 medicines for diabetes currently in development by America’s biopharmaceutical companies.
If you or someone you love struggles with affordable access to medicines there are resources available that may be able to help: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free prescription medicines. For more information, visit www.pparx.org.