Shortage of Weight Loss Drugs Adds Worries for Diabetics

Published on November 14, 2023, 12:43 am

Shortage of Weight Loss Drugs Adds Worries for Diabetics

A shortage of drugs for weight loss is causing concerns for diabetics who rely on these medications. Shasta County Supervisor Tim Garman shared his daughter Hannah’s worries about having to ration her insulin pens due to the shortage during a recent meeting. While she was fortunate enough to find some insulin last Friday, the availability remains an issue.

Garman believes that the problem lies in a shortage of insulin pens rather than insulin itself. However, regardless of the specific type of shortage, Type 1 diabetics are struggling to find adequate supplies of insulin pens. This situation adds additional stress and uncertainty to the lives of those dependent on insulin.

The scarcity of medication is not limited to those with Type 1 diabetes. Drugs intended for Type 2 diabetes treatment, such as “Ozempic” and “Wegovy,” have been eagerly snatched up by people looking to lose weight. This increased demand has resulted in a strain on the supply chain, affecting individuals who genuinely need these medications for their health.

As we observe World Diabetes Awareness Month this November, it’s crucial to remember that a steady supply of insulin is essential for diabetics’ well-being and survival. The reliance on this medication becomes evident when speaking with Audrey Zint, a fourth-grader diagnosed with diabetes three and a half years ago. She emphasizes how scared she would be if there wasn’t enough insulin available, highlighting its critical role in managing diabetes.

To support children dealing with Type 1 diabetes, a Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at Shasta College from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event aims to provide camaraderie and encouragement within the diabetic community.

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