Being a mom is tough, and raising kids is even tougher. When you have a family member who suffers from diabetes, this puts a strain on the entire family. Recently, Ethan Richardson, a 17-year old boy from Port St. Mary went missing. He is diabetic and requires his medication for type 1 diabetes. He is at a high risk due to his medical conditions. I can just imagine what Ethan is going through right now.
I have an uncle that’s going through the same trouble and bits of pain. He is a type 2 diabetic and has to take diabetic medication to stay alive. His problem is that his blood glucose levels are too high and he has to take the medicine to lower those levels.
Diabetes medication has insulin, a hormone in the body that regulates your glucose levels and uses them for energy. When your glucose levels are low, the insulin can set it right, and therefore you need to take drugs to cure you.
I don’t know if you guys heard, but there was recently a lawsuit towards pharmaceutical companies that made the diabetes medication Actos. The lawsuit was because it was found that the companies did not inform the public that taking their pill would lead them to get bladder cancer. Imagine that. The case was decided this year on April 12, 2014 and the pharmaceuticals were ordered to pay $9 billion in the class action lawsuit. I don’t know about you guys, but to me that’s a lot of money.
Before you ask, I checked with my uncle, and he is NOT taking that particular diabetes pill. Imagine the strain on an entire family if my uncle had bladder cancer AND diabetes. Raising them kids is hard enough. I don’t know if I’d be able to take it.