Having a loved one suffering from diabetes is painful not only for the affected individual but also for people who care about them as well – people like you and me, in other words. It is especially difficult, knowing that you can only do so much to alleviate their discomfort. If you are looking for other ways to help your loved one, consider being proactive in monitoring his diabetic insulin supplies.
The Need for Insulin
Insulin is a pancreatic hormone whose main function is to control glucose levels in your blood. For people with diabetes, their problem is when their pancreas is unable to produce sufficient insulin or their bodies aren’t able to utilize its insulin production efficiently. Whichever the case, insulin deficiency results to excessive glucose content in the blood.
If your loved one has Type 1 diabetes, his body automatically suffers from insulin deficiency, and thus requiring him to take insulin shots everyday. People with Type 2 diabetes need not take insulin at the start but may still need to do so in time.
Other Things You Need to Know about Diabetic Insulin Supplies
It’s important to know the following facts about insulin as administering the wrong type or dosage of insulin to your diabetic loved one could result to fatal consequences.
Purchase. Diabetic insulin supplies may be purchased from all drugstores and it is rare that you would be required to provide a prescription for it. Always check its expiration date – insulin products can be generally used from one to two years. If you see the duration and notice that its use goes beyond two years, that product may not have been licensed by the US Department Food and Drug Administration. If you would like to offset your expenses with your insurance policy, you might be required to submit proof of prescription to your insurance company.
The two biggest manufacturers of insulin in North America are Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly.
Usage. Insulin for diabetics maybe injected or inhaled. It will mainly depend on your loved one’s condition and preferences to determine which option is better. Always examine the appearance of insulin products before usage. If it appears to have a different color or shows any floating substance within it, refrain from using this until you can have someone else with more experience or better yet, your doctor to confirm its safety.
Types. All diabetics must consult their respective physicians to come up with the optimal insulin management and use plan. In the past, there was only one type of insulin available in the market and it required multiple shots daily. Nowadays, however, you can take advantage of long-acting insulin that could allow you to proceed with your day in a normal fashion with just one shot. There are over twenty kinds of insulin products sold in the market today so it’s improbable that you won’t find something that suits your situation perfectly.
There are various factors for you and your doctor to consider when choosing the right type of insulin to use for your condition. These factors include but aren’t limited to your budget concerns, the severity of your illness, your diet plan, age, and lifestyle.
Other things you should be concerned about are how soon is it able to provide results, when its peak time is, and how long do effects last. Changes with your diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing your expenses for diabetic insulin supplies.
Storage. Insulin doesn’t “expire” easily, but you can hasten its expiration date if you store it in hot and humid areas or those with higher than normal room temperature. Diabetic insulin supplies may be stored and used until their expiration date as long as they remain safely sealed and stored inside refrigerators. Opened bags may remain safely up to one month inside refrigerators.
Devices. Various instruments are used to deliver diabetic insulin supplies to the human body. Syringes are arguably the most commonly used device – these are small pointed needles placed inside an injecting device. A needle’s thickness differs according to insulin dosage and strength. Insulin pens work just like syringes, only this time they use cartridges instead of needles. Jet injectors are another option, using pressurized air to get through the skin. Lastly, there are insulin pumps that have to be worn outside your body.
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