Diabetes Tips: Here's How You Can Use An Insulin Pen

DiabetesBy Onlymyhealth editorial teamNov 14, 2019

Insulin is essential for those who have diabetes. In such a situation, it is necessary to ensure that insulin is being used correctly to avoid any trouble. Sharing insulin pens with others increases the risk of bloodborne diseases and infections, such as hepatitis or HIV. You can use your insulin pen with a new needle several times. The American Diabetes Association states that blood and skin cells may also be involved in insulin cartridges while using insulin pens. In such a situation, the risk of infection remains every time while sharing the pen with someone else. If insulin is kept in a cold or warm place, it reduces the ability of insulin to control blood sugar. The longer the insulin remains in this condition, the lesser is its effect. The correct ways of storing insulin are as follows:

  • Keep the insulin bottle in the refrigerator (2 ° C to 7 ° C temperature)
  • Used insulin bottle can be kept in room temperature or refrigerator for 28 days

Insulin should be injected into the thickest part of the skin such as around the abdomen, as well as the outer part of the thighs. It can also be used on the hips and at the back of the arm. When the insulin reaches inside the muscles, it is absorbed into the body quickly, reducing the level of glucose in the blood.

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