US Rep. Gaetz’s Diagnosis of What’s Driving Insulin Costs Misses the Root Cause

Published April 22, 2022

A Kaiser Health News article featured Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine, about whether the demand for insulin also increases the price. “As obesity increases, diabetes increases as well,” said Dandona. But many of these patients are not prescribed insulin as a treatment. Around 30% of people with Type 2 diabetes use insulin when other drug options are not successful in treating the disease, Dandona said. For some Type 2 patients, exercising and a healthier diet “may help reduce the insulin dose, but it doesn’t eliminate its use.” The article was picked up by several media outlets, including Waco Tribune-Herald, Arizona Daily Sun, and Casper Star Tribune.