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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Beginners Guide to Insulin Use For Diabetes Patients

By Matthew Walker

You just received the revelation that your physician is adding insulin to your diabetes treatment plan. The utilisation of insulin to govern your diabetes can be confusing and threatening. 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 because insulin is absent from your body, or your body still makes insulin but it isn't enough. Sometimes oral meds are not working, so insulin is added to your treatment plan. Your health practitioner will discuss your dosing necessities with you.

Insulin injections are nothing to be afraid of, even for folk that are afraid of needles. Advanced technology has made the needles so little and thin the insulin injection isn't felt. Used properly together with your meal plan and exercise, insulin can offer you fantastic 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.

Dosage amount and syringe size

Insulin syringes and needles come in numerous sizes. The quantity of your insulin dose decides the dimensions of the syringe that you will need to use. If you're taking 30 units or less, a 3/10 cc (30 unit) syringe will work. If you are taking 31 to 50 units, 1/2 cc syringe (50 unit) will be required. If your dose is 51 units or even more, a 1 cc (100 unit) syringe will be necessary. The needle sizes alter for each syringe size. Syringes might be acquired from a pharmacy.

Insulin syringes are throwaway, and should be discarded after one use. A bio hazardous container such as a sharps container will be wanted to hold dropped syringes. These containers can be had from some waste disposal services, and may acquired from any pharmacy. Disposal of sharps containers requires special handling. Your GP, diabetes educator, or drugstore should be able to tell you where sharps can be disposed of in your neighborhood.

Insulin Vials

Liquid insulin comes in vials and insulin pens. Vials are stockpiled in the refrigerator until use, and are dropped after the insulin is used up, or after 28 days, whichever comes first. Vials hold various amounts of insulin dependent on the brand. Insulin is drawn up into the syringe from the vial and can be injected into several areas of the body, typically the thigh or abdomen. Most varieties of insulin need 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 numerous sizes. Insulin doses are dialed on the pen in one half and one unit increments depending on the type of pen used. The results of dosing by pen is less dosing errors. Insulin pens are handy, and permit straightforward dosing for folks on a tight schedule. Pens are also circumspect. It is not advised that pen needles be used frequently 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 gizmo which falls into the insulin pen class is known as the InnoLet. This device appears like a kitchen timer with a huge dial. The InnoLet holds 300 units of insulin and is terribly convenient for people 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 only insulin that's inhaled, was given approval to be used by the FDA in Jan of 2006. Your GP will counsel you if breathed insulin is an alternative for you to use to treat your diabetes. Exubera comes packed as a dry powder in blister packs, and the packs are loaded into an inhaler. The insulin is inhaled into the lungs. This strategy of insulin delivery has some restrictions that should be discussed with your doctor.

Diabetes supplies

After you choose which insulin delivery method you will be using, a carry case will be needed to carry your insulin, meter and other mandatory items, for example sharps containers. A mess of diabetes products are on the market to accommodate your requirements. Choosing the best products will make the time that you spend on diabetes management more profitable. The simplest way to find diabetes products is to search for them online, or look in diabetes magazines.

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 that you have the insulin basics, you ought to be confident that you can use insulin proficiently and painlessly as part of your treatment plan. Discuss with your doctor which insulin delivery strategy is best for you, and start on the path to better diabetes control.

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  1. Wow! This is really amazing. Thank you so much for this post, for this is very interesting and helpful for beginners. We must see to it that once we are done using the insulin we must also throw it properly in a sharps container to avoid injury and spreading of infections that can cause serious health conditions where in most common infections are Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), we must dispose our sharp objects properly. Impact Hygiene provides a convenient sharps waste disposal solution handled by professionally trained technicians. The containers you need to safely and securely dispose of scalpels, needles, syringes and other medical waste will be provided, and serviced to provide you with convenience and peace of mind.

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