The recent FDA approval of Invokana got me to thinking about that silver bullet of a pill we are all waiting for that will cure Diabetes. Silver bullets are good for werewolves, right? So, where is the one for Diabetes? Invokana might be wonderful for some folks, but where is that long rumored Silver Bullet? You know the one; it’s The Pill that will allow us to eat anything, control our glucose, make us lose weight, and not have any side effects.
Well, I’m thinking you might not want to hold your breath on that one. Just think about it for a minute. In 2007 there was $116,000,000,000 spent on direct medical costs for Diabetes. Direct medical costs? Drugs. Meters and supplies for meters. Hospitalization. Dialysis. And, a whole host of ailments that uncontrolled Diabetes spawns. Diabetes is a growth industry!
And, what does that mean? There’s a lot of money is at stake at a time when the big drug companies are looking to increase revenue. In their search for more revenue streams, those drug companies found that Diabete is a growth industry. If a cure or silver bullet were found, what would happen to all of that money for the drug companies? Do you think they would be willing to easily give it up? Do you think they are doing research to find new drugs to treat Diabetes, or are they looking for a cure? I’d bet on them looking for new treatment drugs. And, I’d bet that there are research dollars going into finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetics; not Type 2’s.
Despite its growing prevalence, the disease can’t be taken lightly. Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic feet and leg amputations, nervous system damage and new cases of blindness among adults in the U.S.
All that adds up to a hefty price tag. Diabetes, the CDC says, costs $174 billion annually. In November, health insurer UnitedHealth Group (UNH) released a study projecting that the disease will cost the nation $3.35 trillion over the next decade, with diabetes and prediabetes costing almost $500 billion annually. A2007 study by the American Diabetes Association estimated that 1 in every 10 health care dollars is attributed to diabetes.
With so much money at stake, and Diabetes being a growth industry for ‘big pharma,’ new, very effective drugs will be found, but they take years to develop. You have to fight your fight today if you want to win the War On Diabetes. Don’t wait for them. You have the tools you need to control your Diabetes. You can start today to fight and win your War On Diabetes.
You know what you need to do. Diet. Exercise. Meds. Work with your Health Team – Doctor, Pharmacist and You – to fight and control your Diabetes. You can do it…please do not wait for some drug that may never be here.
As always, thank you for reading.