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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Beginners Guide to Insulin Use For Diabetes Patients

By Matthew Walker

You just received the news that your health practitioner is adding insulin to your diabetes treatment plan. The use of insulin to control your diabetes can often be a little puzzling and menacing. It doesn't have to be. Using insulin is a positive experience as it helps you to control your diabetes.

The first thing to remember is that insulin isn't a punishment in any form. If you are using insulin, it's often because insulin is absent from your body, or your body still makes insulin but it is not enough. Often oral meds are no longer working, so insulin is added to your treatment plan. Your doctor will discuss your dosing wants with you.

Insulin injections are nada to be terrified of, even for people that are alarmed of needles. Leading edge technology has made the needles so small and thin that the insulin injection is never felt. Used correctly in conjunction with your meal plan and exercise, insulin can give you wonderful control.

There are many different guides on the way to self administer an insulin injection, so this subject will not be covered in this guide. The basics of using insulin are straightforward, and need awareness of how insulin works which your health practitioner should explain to you. Insulin use also needs knowledge of insulin delivery methods, and insulin supplies that will aid in making your life with insulin a breeze.

Insulin delivery

Insulin delivery methods are a matter of need and choice. Insulin users that have insulin pumps as their delivery method have much different axioms that will not be covered here. The focus of insulin delivery techniques for this paper will be on syringes, insulin pens, jet injectors and breathed insulin.

Dose amount and syringe size

Insulin syringes and needles come in various sizes. The amount of your insulin dose determines the scale of the syringe that you're going to need to use. If you are taking 30 units or less, a 3/10 cc (30 unit) syringe will work. If you're taking 31 to 50 units, 1/2 cc syringe (50 unit) will be needed. If your dose is 51 units or more, a 1 cc (100 unit) syringe will be required. The needle sizes change for each syringe size. Syringes could be purchased from a chemist.

Insulin syringes are dispensable, and may be discarded after one use. A bio unsafe container such as a sharps container will be wanted to hold dropped syringes. These containers can be obtained from some waste disposal services, and may purchased from any chemist. Disposal of sharps containers requires special handling. Your health practitioner, diabetes educator, or dispensary should be in a position to tell you where sharps can be dumped in your neighborhood.

Insulin Vials

Liquid insulin comes in vials and insulin pens. Vials are placed in the fridge till use, and are discarded after the insulin is utilized up, or after 28 days, whichever comes first. Vials hold assorted amounts of insulin depending on the brand. Insulin is drawn up into the syringe from the vial and can be injected into one or two areas of the body, customarily the thigh or stomach. Most sorts of insulin require a prescription.

Insulin pens

Insulin pens are a handy technique to administer insulin. An insulin pen looks like an oversized ink pen, and uses throwaway needles. There are two differing types of pens. One type is prefilled with 300 units of insulin. The prefilled pen is discarded after the insulin is utilized up or after 28 days, the same as for vials. The other type uses insulin cartridges, and the cartridges are modified using the same schedule that is used for prefilled pens. Insulin pens are not refrigerated after the 1st use.

Needles for the insulin pens come in several sizes. Insulin doses are dialed on the pen in one-half and one unit increments depending on the sort of pen used. The results of dosing by pen is less dosing mess ups. Insulin pens are handy, and permit easy dosing for people on a busy schedule. Pens are also discreet. It isn't recommended that pen needles be used more than once for the same reasons that syringes should not be reused; bacteria and possible infection. Pen needles should be dropped in a sharps container.

Another insulin delivery device that falls into the insulin pen class is called the InnoLet. This device is like a kitchen timer with a gigantic dial. The InnoLet holds 300 units of insulin and is really convenient for folks with visible difficulties.

Jet Injectors

Jet injectors release a miniscule stream of insulin through the skin by utilizing a mechanism that creates hi-pressure air. The injector does not employ a needle. After the insulin dose is loaded into the injector, the injector is placed against the skin and a button is pressed to release the insulin into the skin. Jet injectors aren't very hot among insulin users due to bruising and other factors.

Breathed Insulin

Exubera, the sole insulin that is breathed, received approval for use by the FDA in January of 2006. Your doctor will advise you if inhaled insulin is an alternative for you to use to treat your diabetes. Exubera comes packaged as a dry powder in blister packs, and the packs are loaded into an inhaler. The insulin is breathed into the lungs. This method of insulin delivery has some limitations that should be debated with your GP.

Diabetes supplies

After you decide which insulin delivery system you'll be using, a carrying case will be wanted to carry your insulin, meter and other necessary items, such as sharps containers. A great number of diabetes products are on the market to accommodate your wishes. Choosing the right products will make the time that you spend on diabetes management more productive. The best way to locate diabetes products is to hunt for them online, or look in diabetes mags.

It's vital for insulin users to carry a meter and glucose pills at every point. Insulin can cause "lows" which can lead to unconsciousness if not treated promptly. Insulin users also have to test more often than non-insulin users.

Now you have the insulin basics, you should be assured you can use insulin proficiently and painlessly as an element of your treatment plan. Debate with your GP which insulin delivery method is the best for you, and start on the way to better diabetes control.

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