More Diabetes Supplies to Help with Management
There are diabetes supplies that help make it easier to cope with diabetes. It is important to know how each works and find one that fits you the best. This way you will stick to the procedure and therefore be able to manage diabetes and avoid the complications it brings.
We have already dealt with two of these diabetes supplies: the glucose monitor and the insulin pump. There are other ways to deliver the insulin and considerations to ponder on so they can be used properly. For example is the syringe.
Syringes are diabetes supplies that are used to inject insulin into the body. Some are disposable but others can be used again but only if the needle is sharp and straight. A bent needle will not work properly so get rid of it. To use the needle again, make sure it is sterilized.
Most syringes made of plastic are disposable. The ones made of glass are designed to be used again but remember that they have to be sterilized before each use. Take care that you don't leave your diabetes supplies any place where others can get into contact with them. To sterilize glass syringes and needles that are not made of plastic, boil them.
Be careful when you throw disposable needles and syringes into the garbage can. Wrap the needles in such a way that the garbage collector will not accidentally get hurt with them. It is nice that despite the condition you have to deal with, you're considerate of other people when you dispose of your diabetes supplies.
When you buy your diabetes supplies like the syringes, make sure they match the dosage and strength of the insulin your body requires. In the U.S., the most common syringe is the U-100 insulin (100 units) so you'll have to get U-100 syringe. If you get less than this, you will not be getting enough insulin.
Some syringes have numbers that are difficult to read. If they are too small or too close together, you will have difficulty reading them. Get one that you can read. Some syringes come with plungers in different color so the marks can be easily read.
Pens are those diabetes supplies that are easy to carry in your pocket. They are disposable and cost less than $50. They have a needle and an insulin cartridge. To use an insulin pen, just screw the needle into one end of the pen and you're ready to go, but not quite yet. Why?
Make sure you have the correct dose. This will not pose a problem because pens usually have a dial so you can adjust the dose. Now you're ready to give yourself an injection. Make sure though that when you buy a pen that the kind of insulin you're using is available for the pens because the long-acting ones are not yet available for pens as to the time of writing this.
Now we have to deal with one more of those diabetes supplies and we're done. These are the jet injectors. They are pens without a needle and known as high-speed. They shoot the insulin directly into the body under the skin. They're quite pain-free and are best for those who hate needles.
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