Diabetes is a health problem that plagues 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. That number doesn't include prediabetes, which affects 79 million. (source) These are staggering numbers.
The United States, as a developed country, has the benefit of medical research and medication that can control not only the affects that diabetes can have on someone, but also lower the mortality rate from this disease. Even with a lower mortality rate, diabetes still contributed to the death of over 230 thousand people in 2007 alone. Complications from diabetes can range from high blood pressure to severe nervous system damage.
Many diabetics control their diabetes through the use of injectable medication: insulin, pramlintide and exenatide.
Unfortunately, the manufacturers for these medications recommend that it be kept refrigerated. How can someone live a normal life while also keeping their diabetes medication constantly cold? How can they enjoy vacations and events worry free, while also keeping themselves healthy?
This is one of the many uses for PackIt coolers! Before the next road trip or event or vacation, simply pack the injectable medication into the PackIt Mini Cooler and it will keep it refrigerator cold for up to 10 hours! When going out of town, simply request that the room have a refrigerator with a freezer. Refreeze your PackIt cooler, and it will be ready to go again! It saves dealing with the mess of ice, the bulkiness and weight of ice packs, and is a much safer option that skipping medication all together!
Just because someone gets diagnosed with a condition that requires medication, even refrigerated medication, it doesn't mean they have to give up any part of living a fulfilling and fun life!