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Should government produce and distribute free unlimited insulin?

 
 
Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2020 09:44 am
An abundance of sugary and other high-carbohydrate foods are enjoyed by many, who end up developing insulin-resistance as they age. Exercise and reducing carbohydrate intake can help, but many people don't want to be faced with the ultimatum of overcoming diabetes naturally or death, so there is political demand for diabetes care at low/no cost.

So should government simply solve the problem of insulin costs for diabetics by making and distributing free unlimited insulin? If they did so, would be people be able to enjoy high-carbohydrate diets and shirk exercise as much as they want?

I doubt it is possible to maintain health if you lived this way, but isn't this dream of a diet-pill that lets you eat as much as you want and never gain weight, and without exercising if you don't want to?

So if the government simply gave people as much artificial insulin as they wanted and let them decide for themselves how much to eat/diet and exercise, what would happen?
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hightor
 
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2020 10:31 am
@livinglava,
Why not discourage sugary and high-carbohydrate foods instead?
livinglava
 
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2020 10:40 am
@hightor,
hightor wrote:

Why not discourage sugary and high-carbohydrate foods instead?

Of course, and encourage and facilitate exercise by changing geographical land-use and time-scheduling patterns.

But what I'm saying is that there are people who, if you tell them they should eat healthier and exercise more, will say it's just an excuse for denying them insulin.

In short, people just focus on health care inequalities and ignore personal responsibility to live and eat healthier.

So I'm saying, ok if the government just produced and distributed as much free insulin as anyone wants to take, what would happen?
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2020 01:13 pm
Insulin alone won't do much good. Not if sugars, carbs and fats continue being consumed in excessive amounts.. The diabetic has a severe and chronic disease. They often need to be taught healthy eating habits and offered a lifestyle choice which includes exercise, among other things. Healthy foods need to be made affordable. A Burger King 'Deal' is high calorie, high fat, loaded with sugars and useless carbs.
Exercise options should be made available at either a sliding scale charge or for free to those who truly cannot afford.
Other eateries are similar.
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