I have been seeing a lot of news reports recently reporting type-1 diabetics being hospitalized and even deaths due to cutting back on insulin doses because the costs of insulin have become unaffordable. I also have personal acquaintances that have ended up in hospital ICU for the same reason. I, myself am experiencing inflated insulin cost frustrations (and anger).
I have three things I would like to share on this subject:
1) A type-1 diabetics' insulin requirements can be cut in half simply be cutting fat from the diet. Type-1 diabetics that follow traditional low-carb diets are also type-2 diabetics due to the high fat content of a low-carb diet. Fat induces insulin resistance which reduces metabolic efficiency, thus requiring almost double the insulin needs compared to insulin sensitive, high metabolic efficiency. The deception is that insulin resistance does not dissipate immediately (within normal human attention span). For me, fat induced insulin resistance takes two days to start, then thirty plus days to clear, so patience is required. That delay is why I am such a fat-free fanatic. Ensuring I never eat anything that contains any ingredient that contains greater than 10% calories from fat (even if that ingredient is just a "trace" of the dish) has become my standard for maximizing insulin sensitivity.
2) Another insulin sensitivity booster / insulin dose reducer is aerobic exercise. The more the better, however the same patience is required. Also note that exercise is not a substitute for low-fat.
3) My wife, Heidi found that insulin can be purchased at a fraction of the cost from Canadian pharmacies. She found the insulin that I use can be purchased on-line for only $47.99 per vial instead of $280.00 purchased here locally. Here is the link: https://rxcanada4less.com
/. This is just one Canadian pharmacy, I suspect there are more, but this one was found and put to use.
P.S. About a year ago, I mentioned that I am writing a book on my type-1 diabetes control method. Well, I'm afraid it is still in progress. It's taking much longer than originally expected. I decided to write it because I have discovered that my control method is considerably different from the traditional method. I feel it works so well for me that I wish to share it. My method uses a whole food plant based high carb, very low-fat diet - without blood-sugar spikes or lows. My method is derived from the art of electronic engineering. The title is; "Synchronous Push-Pull Type-1 Diabetes Control - The Non-Diabetic Diabetic Method". I hope to have it done soon, but, since I have been working on it for almost a year, and I'm still plugging away at it, I'm not sure what "soon" means! When it is finally finished, I plan to self-publish it as a PDF file for free download. Then decide how to proceed by the feedback from the PDF version.