Types of Insulin

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What Are the Different Types of Insulin? Insulin is the hormone normally made in the pancreas that stimulates the flow of sugar – glucose – from the blood into the cells of the body. Glucose provides the cells with the energy they need to function. There are two main groups of insulins used in the treatment of diabetes: human insulins … Read More

Storage of Insulins

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How Do You Store Your Insulin? How you store your insulins before and after you open the vials or cartridges is very important. Unopened insulins are best kept in the refrigerator. This provides a constant temperature and they can be kept until the manufacturer’s expiration date shown on the vial or pen. If unopened vials or pens are stored at room … Read More

Injecting Insulin

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How Do You Inject Insulin? The goal is to inject the insulin into the subcutaneous tissue between the top layer of the skin, the dermis and the underlying muscle layer. The only concentration of insulin available in the United States is 100 units per milliliter. A milliliter is equal to a cubic centimeter. All insulin syringes are graduated to match … Read More

Mixing Insulin

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How Do You Mix Insulin? Your doctor or diabetes educator may ask you to mix a short-acting or clear insulin with an intermediate or long acting cloudy insulin in the same syringe so that both can be given at the same time. Keep in mind: The only insulin that cannot be mixed is insulin Glargine. In this example, the doctor … Read More

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar

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How Do You Monitor Your Blood Sugar? Monitoring and tightly controlling your blood sugar level can significantly reduce the risk of complications due to diabetes and provide you with a higher quality of life. Knowledge of your blood sugar levels at different times of the day is an essential input into your diabetes care plan and allows you and your … Read More

Insulin Pens

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What are Insulin Pens? Insulin pens are devices that can provide an easy way to carry and give insulin when away from home. Also, for people who are not comfortable working with syringes and bottles to draw up and measure individual doses, the pens provide a convenient and accurate alternative. The goal is to inject the insulin into the subcutaneous … Read More