Help Insulin Therapy

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 06/23/2010

Hormone Insulin is necessary for effective conversion of glucose into energy, if the right amount of insulin is not secreted by their-own, then needs insulin therapy.

Insulin therapy help tips

Each Insulin type works at a different pace, and most people have to use more than one kind to mimic their actual bodies system.Insulin types available: Rapid-acting insulin, Short-acting insulin, Intermediate-acting insulin, Long-acting insulin and Very long-acting insulin.

Insulin analog commonly available is a vast range. Mostly, you need to use more than one kind to suit your individual requirement. Consult your doctor or diabetes educator and choose a best one individualized to you need.Depend upon individual body condition, lifestyle, food habits, and physical activity, design their insulin regimen for efficient blood-glucose control. Consult with your doctor for your insulin requirement as per your need.

A Good insulin care starts with how properly the insulin is stored. Insulin does not work to its level when it is stored for too long or is exposing to extreme temperatures both high and very low. So learn the correct procedure and follow it for better blood-glucose control.

Nowadays there are more choices for the ways to take insulin (Insulin injecting products), even the choices make us confusing to choose the opt one. Consult your diabetes educator and discuss which one is best suits you.Start your Insulin treatment by following procedure designed as per user’s experience and manufacturer’s suggestions for better diabetic care.

Keep an eye on any sign’s indication either high or low glucose levels. You should know about hyperglycemia (very high blood-glucose – at or over 180 mg/dl), hypoglycemia (low blood-glucose – lower than 70 mg/dl).Learn how to measure glucose levels and do it regularly using your home glucose meter, which enables you to control your insulin dose. If ill or have any unwanted symptoms, then increase the frequency of glucose level check.

Try to follow your diet as careful as possible. Have your food in time and maintain a same volume every day.Try to follow particular time for your insulin therapy and the same dose volume or vary with respect to the requirement.Learn how to give you insulin injections, inspect insulin appearance, check the insulin date, avoid refrigerated insulin it may be painful, rotate the injecting site, avoid injecting site close to mole or scars.Always carry glucose with you to treat hypoglycemia (low blood-glucose). Once you noted symptoms of hypoglycemia, immediately chick blood-glucose if it is lower than 70 mg/dl have the glucose rich food to bring back to normal.See your doctor regularly to carry out check-ups on your eyes, kidneys and feet, and check for any late-stage diabetes signs.

Useful information regarding Insulin injection

How do you inject insulin?

  • Insulin is injecting into the fatty tissue known as the subcutaneous layer and not into muscle or blood directly.
  • You should inject into the deep subcutaneous tissue at a 45-degree angle or at a 90-degree angle when the subcutaneous layer is greater than the needle length.
  • Insulin absorption varies depending on the body area it has injected. Insulin is most rapidly absorbed when injected into the abdomen, followed by the upper arm and thigh area.
  • Make sure you are rotating the injection site; if you always use the same spot can make the skin tough and uneven. So make sure you rotate the insulin injection sites for easy insulin absorption as well as for low pain injection.

Massage Injection site

Do you massage your injection site? A Review published in Diabetes Spectrum October 2001 vol. 14 no. 4 218-224. The study shows massage at injection sites may increase insulin absorption. In addition, other uncontrolled studies suggest that massage may have a positive effect on blood-glucose levels and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

Massaging injection sites after insulin injection can help to reduce irritation in the injection site. It is recommendable to massage the injection site immediately after injection.

You should massage the site gently for two or more minutes. It helps to disperse the insulin as well as absorption effectively and reduce irritation.

Stop bruising during insulin therapy

Bruising is a common occurrence among people on insulin therapy. Certain area of your body has tinier blood vessels, injecting this area tend to bruises easily. If you experience this avoid that area for future injections. To reduce bruising, you have to apply pressure for few seconds to minutes at the injection site after the syringe has removed. An insulin pen user can use 5 mm pen needle to minimize bruising.