Friday, October 22, 2010

Readers Respond: Generex, the Diabetic Use Of Needles and Preventative Medicine

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A follow-up from Clancy in response to comments made after the latest news from Generex:

Hello Vinny,

Some further thoughts on GNBT:

The only reason I mentioned about diabetics "used" to needles comes from a friend's wife who is a severely obese diabetic. She said the needles are very thin and she barely feels it. Furthermore, she still would have to poke her finger for blood samples with a lancet and that hurts her more than the thin needles for the insulin. Again, this is ONLY a sample of one but I would assume she is not the only severely obese diabetic with this view. I doubt a newly diagnosed diabetic without experience with needles would opt for a needle. Perhaps there are three categories: diabetics who are content with the needles, those who long for a technology change, and the newly diagnosed who wouldn't consider a needle if a viable alternative was available. I think to categorically say all diabetics would switch is not necessarily true.

Also, there is the question of insurance reimbursement. It depends on the quality of the diabetic's plan. A certain proportion of the population who are prediabetic crosses into full diabetes from improper diet often associated with, but not only attributable to, low income. Many of these people are minorities with either no insurance or minimal insurance. Their plans may not initially cover Oral-lyn. I suspect, however, that if insurance companies don't initially cover Oral-lyn eventually they will when it is show to lower long term medical costs with greater compliance.


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VFC's Take:  Clancy, thanks for clarifying your comments regarding diabetics being "used to" the needles and would not switch to Oral-lyn, should it be proven to be an effective alternative.  This issue has been discussed on VFC's Stock House at length in the past and I have to admit, that your comment is the first that indicated that diabetics may be more apt to remain with the needle than make the switch.  I'm not denouncing the fact that some would prefer the needle, but based on conversations we've had here and based on conversations I've had on a personal basis, I'm inclined to believe that most diabetics would jump at a needle-free alternative, especially parents who are having to inject diabetic children with the needle-delivered insulin. 

I've also found through my discussions that people who are obese tend to not feel a needle injection at the same scale of those who are only have a thinner layer of fat.  That difference may also have something to do with the preference for a needle, and this argument would corraborate your case since the woman's fingertip undoubtedly does not have the thick layer of obesity as the injection site would.

Any additional opinions or personal takes on this issue are welcome.

I agree with the statements of reimbursement, and I think that you bring up an interesting point - the fact that prediabetics often become diabetic based on diet.  Prevention is the best medicine - although one that is rarely addressed in the American Health Care system because all the money is in treatment. 

Health care should be geared towards prevention, but as Clancy states, there are other factors involved, such as income levels. For some, the availability of a garbage, processed hamburger for a buck may seem like the best option at the time.

Education is also a factor - if you don't recognize the threat of eating garbage and sugar all the time at an early age, then the health problems that arise later in life come as a surprise.

Laziness is another factor - how many parents out there fill their kids with fast food day after day because it's more convenient than cooking some chicken and fresh vegetables? 

Not to digress from the issue at hand, but this is a broad problem that needs to be addressed in society as a whole, BEFORE we go bankrupt through the current knee-jerk health care bill shoved down our throats by Washington.

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1 comment:

  1. Hello Vinny,
    Are CELH products sugar free? If so, they should hook up with Generex and market together. Both companies can enjoy a synergistic effect helping the type of person Clancy references while making a buck. Loosing weight will reduce the diabetic risks. This could be a target market they both share with complementary products.




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