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The History Of A Wonderful Thing We Call Insulin

Since the dawn of time, we have searched for ways to make life easier for us. The modern age has given us some amazing technological advances—what we would do without the internet, our iPhones or high-speed travel? For many people, surviving life without these things sounds rough. However, if you have diabetes, no doubt you’re also a big fan of one particular 20th-century discovery: insulin. Before insulin was discovered in 1921, people with diabetes didn’t live for long; there wasn’t much doctors could do for them. The most effective treatment was to put patients with diabetes on very strict diets with minimal carbohydrate intake. This could buy patients a few extra years but couldn’t save them. Harsh diets (some prescribed as little as 450 calories a day!) sometimes even caused patients to die of starvation. So how did this wonderful breakthrough blossom? Let’s travel back a little more than 100 years ago.… In 1889, two German researchers, Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering, found that when the pancreas gland was removed from dogs, the animals developed symptoms of diabetes and died soon afterward. This led to the idea that the pancreas was the site where “panc Continue reading >>

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  1. wwotr

    For the 1st time in my Life, I find myself in unfamiliar Territory.
    My Wife lost here job, and we have no Health Insurance and we make too much to apply for County/State Aide.
    I'm looking to buy Vials of Levimere Insulin.
    A little over a year ago, I bought a Bottle from the Safeway Pharmacy (without a Prescription).
    It cost me about $47.99.
    Fast Forward to the Todays Date, and I can't find a Vial of it priced UNDER $123.00
    When I look online, its all "Canadian Pharmacy's" and the prices are NOT that much Cheaper.
    When I bought that Vial of Insulin last year, I priced it out at 3 Different (Local) Pharmacy's.
    Their prices Varied quite a lot.
    Respectively its was $150.00/$97.00 and finally $47.99 at the Safeway Pharmacy.
    Anyone here have any tips for reasonably priced Insulin, for someone without Insurance?
    I was able to save about 65% buy buying the "Generic Syringes" from Wal Mart last week, (over the BD Brand).
    Any Help/Info/Links/Websites would be appreciated.

  2. poodlebone

    Are you sure you bought Levemir without a prescription for $47.99? if so, you got a very good deal and the pharmacist sold it to you illegally! Levemir, as well as Lantus, Novolog, Humalog and Apidra all require prescriptions in the United States. You can buy NPH and Regular without a prescription and the price you paid seems more in line for one of those. NPH & Regular are the old school long (NPH) and fast (Regular) acting insulins, before the insulin analogs came out. It's also possible the pharmacist gave you a vial of Levemir thinking he was giving you NPH or Regular.

  3. wwotr

    No "poodlebone", not absoulutley sure.
    I was on Humilin before switching to Levimere, so it was probably "Humaliun", along with the fact of the prive of it.
    Im sure that nothing "Illegall" was going on, just my Memory playing tricks on me.
    Its a shame the Levimere is SO MUCH MORE than The Humilin, because being a Tyupe1 Diabetic for over 40 years, my Diabetes has never been in better control, and I'm sure as **** not going back to my "old" Insulin, just to save a few bucks, and ruin my Health.
    Thanks for the insight.

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