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on with their lives. People have high levels of blood glucose for several reasons, but insulin is ultimately responsible for regulating it. That is why a ‘human-first’ approach to insulin dosing is the fastest way to bring success to the largest number of people.


Reducing comorbidities


Comorbidity – the occurrence of an additional disease alongside the primary condition, in this case, diabetes – is a major issue for people living with diabetes. They are more likely to experience a number of conditions from mental health issues to peripheral artery disease, which often requires amputation. Almost four-fifths (79%) of the money that the NHS spends on people with diabetes is from preventable complications, according to the British Diabetes Foundation. A better diabetes management solution would likely reduce the incidence of some of the diseases most frequently comorbid with diabetes. Among the threats to people who take insulin to treat their diabetes are mental health issues, which are often overlooked. People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression and are also disposed to experience it more frequently and for longer. They are three times more likely to experience fatigue, anxiety and stress, likely due – at least in part – to the psychological load of managing their insulin intake.


Almost four-fifths (79%) of the money that the NHS spends on people with diabetes is from preventable complications, according to the British Diabetes Foundation.


Consequently, more considerate solutions may lift some of that load and allow people with diabetes to devote more of their mental energy to the things they care about. Vision and nerve problems are also commonly comorbid with diabetes. It is one


of the leading causes of preventable visual impairment in the UK, causing 5% of all loss of vision. Nerve damage is also incredibly common among people with diabetes, and it can result in the ultimate loss of appendages – a person living with diabetes is 20 times


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