How Long Could We Last Without Insulin?
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I as thinking, dangerous for me know lol, How long could we stay alive if all insulin ran out, due to war or a disaster? Please let me know your views on this. Thanks. Historically speaking, patients were placed on low cal diets, iv saline, and some lasted 1-2 years, those were new diabetics. They would all die from shock, dehydration, DKA, or when body weight dropped by 60 %. This was 1870-1920 before the discovery of insulin. Depressing question but with pre-existing Diabetes, I'd say not long, one to two weeks with no IV fluid in a so called disaster scenario. I wonder about that too sometimes. When I had better insurance I used to try to save aside some of my supplies each time I ordered, and I actually had some stores of strips and some syringes and insulin....but insurance and prescriptions changed, and now I have to be careful to have enough of everything to last. I hope I'm never in that situation, because I'm afraid Trev is probably right. Good question, I guess we do not think about it enough. Continue reading >>