Social life and work performance may be gone because of misconception of insulin handling. This can be barrier in succesful management of the disease. For these, it should have rechange for people on insulin that they can live a normal, healthy and active life.
A diabetes product that is easier, quick self-inject insulin when outside home. It should have a plan and practice when you use it for comfortable and smooth taking. Most patients use syringes or insulin pens. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Discuss with your doctor which insulin devicesthat fits your lifestyle. Insulin syringes are cheap,simple and are most availble in delivery and can allow 2 types of insulin in 1 injection. Insulin pens are portable, discreet and convenient especially when out from home. No need to draw up insulin for this is a pre-filled. Pens are more easily to use especially for those with vison problems. But more expensive and cannot mix with other insulin types.
Another types of insulin are pumps and jet injections where is more novel. You shoud always read the instructions of how to take you insulin.
Insulin Storage and Handling
Here’s a checklist to store your insulin properly to keep it in good condition.
1. Keep you insulin in the refrigerator (tigthen close) in 2-8 C, preferably in the vegetable crisper. It assures that your insulin is in good until its expiration date.
2. Don’t freeze your insulin. It will lose potency.
3. Keep it cool and store it away from direct sunlight.
4. Insulin, open or unopened will last for 28 days when stored at room temperature (not exeed 25 C). it should be use within those days.
5. Always check the expiration date.
6. Opened insulin penfills are best stored at room temperature. Storage life of cartriges usually varies from 7 days to one month depending on the type and brand of the insulin.
Tips to keep good your insulin when away from home.
1. Sotre your insulin in an insulated container with a cool temperature.
2. Always hold your insulin. Never leave it on cars andd never pack it with chech-in luggage.
3. Carry exrta supply of insulin for atleast two to three times times that you will need for the whole duration of trip.
4. Know your insulin’s availability and your destination. Never assume that your insulin is available everywhere.
5. Bring medical certificate when your on plane for security clearance.
If your blood sugar remains high even your following your doctor’s advice, maybe your insulin have lost its effectiveness. Check if the bottle has been open for a month. Always check your insulin in any ways. Here are tips to know that insulin is no longer good.
1. Your insulin appears cloudly, thickened or has solid paricles—which supposed to be clear.
2. It has clumps or flakes even after rolling it.
3. It looks stringy.
4. It has discolored.
5. It has vial/penfills has a frosted look.
When your doubting in insulin, throw it immediately and open a new one. Don’t take any chances.
Insulin use in school or at work
If you need to take your insulin in work or school, you should let people around you know about it so that they, themselves can work out on you. Have yourself prepare each day, dispose sharps. Keep your snacks and drinks handy to avoid hypoglycemia. Educate atleast one of your friends, classmates of the symptoms of hypoglycemia in case of emergency. It’s always good advice to make your coworkers and supervisors aware of your diabetes. Their support can help you balance the demands of diabetes management and work performance.
Insulin when out eating
Plan for outing or eating picnic with your family to avoid disaster. Always bring your diabetes kit. Try to dine as close to your regular mealtime as possible. Talk as much as possible to your doctor when your out in your dining-meal when scheduled at a different time for adjustments. If you take rapid acting insulin, inject only when yor meal is served. Test your sugars as usual.
Insulin During Trips
Experience having great time with family and friends even you’re in insulin. But before anything else, plan you’re out-of-routine activities. In any kind of travel, always be prepared for delays. Always hand-carry your insulin with enough snack or food in an isolated container for heavy travel. Choose the best place for convenient injection. Wear something (bracelet or necklace) that people will identify you for early management and medical emergency.
Take extra preacaution when driving long distances to guard against hypoglycemia which could be dangerous for you and for your passengers. Schedule your driving activities in day time. Hand-caary your medicine and supplement within reach at all time. Maintain your daily schedule of medication. Exercise regulary even just for 2 hours. Be alert for symptoms or signs of hypoglecemia. If you feel any signs, chech it out immediately. Recheck your blood sugar every 15 minutes. Repeat it until your blood sugar become normal. Wait atleast 15 minutes before driving again. Bringing food even at flight could be useful. For some flight delays could be occurred. Inject your insulin as instructed by your doctor. Be very careful in taking it. Your insulin is designed to work within 24 hours, so when flying acroos multiple time zones, you may need to adjust your insulin schedule. Always discuss it with your doctor- on how to adjust your insulin intake. When flying west, you gain time so you may need more insulin.
Check your sugar frequently in the day of your flight. Plan your activities. Reset your time, according to your destination. Drink plenty of water, wah your hands frequently. Make sure you have visited your doctor for guide and instructions before your flight.
With careful planning, any trip could be easy. Don’t let insulin be barrier in your active life.