Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas do not produce enough insulin or alternatively, when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is hormone that regulates blood sugar.
As a consequence, insulin is used medically to treat some forms of diabetes mellitus. Patients with type 1 diabetes depend on external insulin (most commonly injected subcutaneously) for their survival because the hormone is no longer produced internally. Patients with type 2 diabetes are often insulin resistant and, because of such resistance, may suffer from a "relative" insulin deficiency. Some patients with type 2 diabetes may eventually require insulin if other medications fail to control blood glucose levels adequately. Over 40% of those with Type 2 diabetes require insulin as part of their diabetes management plan.
Vision Mission Foundation is supporting a number of patients who require insulin but cannot afford it.