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I am curious, as to how much medication, we need to have on hand for my husband, as he is a diabetic?
-- Cynthia Olson (email@example.com), July 29, 1999
I would get as much as you can afford. This will probably be limited by the prescription. Doesn't insulin need to be refrigerated? What's the shelf life? Talk to your doctor and pharmacist. (not about supply issues, they probably believe the spin that "everything is fine". As you've probably heard, a large percentage of the insulin ingredients come from out of this country. (I can't verify this but heard it at a public Y2K forum, from the local hospital-a fairly good source, I would say)This could create supply problems. Bottom line- how long do YOU think things could be bad. I can only guess like everyone else. I don't want to be harsh but the fact is that a diabetic MUST have insulin or face death.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 29, 1999.
I was wondering where you live? Do you live in a state where the insulin could be kept cold? If not, do you live near the water? If so, then the insulin could be stored under water where the temp should be cool enough to keep the meds safe. Be sure to try to store foods that will not spike his blood sugar as well. Low carb acually. It should not be too difficult considering breads, pasta, potatos, fruits, and sugars probably are not a big priority and will be more scarce than say canned ham, veggies, stews, soups, tuna and such. Good luck to you and your husband and hopefully come next year this won't be a huge concern. Although, right now it does not look to be headed that way.
I work with dialysis patients and most of them are diabetic as well...sigh...I am hoping to God everything will work out. They can not miss dialysis. After a few missed treatments they are knocking on deaths door. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst...Shellie
-- shellie (email@example.com), July 29, 1999.
You might also look into mineral supplementation. In some cases, it eliminates the need for insulin. In many others, it reduces the amount needed. Look for a naturpathic doctor, or go to your local heath food store, and get educated.
Specifically, chromium and vanadium seems to improve insulin production/utilization. Once I started taking them, I don't get sugar cravings anymore.
-- Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 30, 1999.