20% Rise in Insulin Use by 2030, Study Says

23 November, 2018, 12:14 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • 98 million Indians will suffer from diabetes by 2030, says Study

"These estimates suggest that current levels of insulin access are highly inadequate compared to projected need, particularly in Africa and Asia", Sanjay Basu, a physician and epidemiologist at Stanford University and lead author of the paper, told the Guardian.

The study, which used data representing over 60% of the global population with type 2 diabetes, estimates that the number of adults with type 2 diabetes is set to rise to 511 million in 2030.

A new study warns that demand for insulin to treat type 2 diabetes may increase more than 20-percent by 2030, but that half of patients around the world may be unable to get the treatment.

The researchers conclude in the journal The Lancet that of all these diabetes patients, 79 million would actually be in need of insulin to manage their diabetes.

Diabetes is a progressive disease and the body may require insulin injections to compensate for declining insulin production by the pancreas.

Climbing global rates of type 2 diabetes and growing numbers of people living with the disease continue to drive up demand and prices for insulin.

The likely rise in the number of adults from 40.6 crore in 2018 to 50.11 crore in 2030, with highest number of adults with type 2 diabetes from China with 13 crore, India with 9.8 crore and the USA with 3.2 crore.

Increasing insulin access will have the greatest impact on African countries, according to the study, with Asia being a close second.

Doctors may initially prescribe oral medication and lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss, to most people with type 2 diabetes, but they eventually need to take insulin to avoid complications like damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nervous system. "The number of adults with type-2 diabetes is expected to rise over the next 12 years due to aging, urbanization, and associated changes in diet and physical activity".

"Unless governments begin initiatives to make insulin available and affordable, then its use is always going to be far from optimal", Basu said. The study found that the rise in the number of people affected by the disease is likely to rise by around 20 per cent over the people affected now.

The study underscores the significance of handling hindrances in the insulin market, especially in Africa.

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