Some people with
diabetes use their
insulin syringes more than once to save money. Talk
with your doctor before reusing your syringes. Some people with diabetes should
not reuse their syringes, including people who have:
Even before you notice symptoms, high blood sugar can damage parts of your
body. That's why certain diabetes
tests to check blood sugar control and to catch problems early are so
But many patients aren't getting key diabetes tests at least annually,
such as the hemoglobin A1c test, a dilated
eye exam, and a foot exam.
"If you look at the nationwide data, it's sobering," says Enrico
Cagliero, MD, a diabetes researcher and assistant professor of medicine at
Harvard Medical School...
Put the cover back on the needle after use. The
safest way to do this is to place the cover and syringe on a flat surface and
slide the cover over the needle without letting the needle touch either the
flat surface or your fingers. Only the inside of the cover should touch the
needle. Do not hold the syringe straight up; you may accidentally stick
Do not clean the needle with alcohol. Alcohol removes the
silicone covering on the needle, causing it to become dull.
the syringes at room temperature. It is best to store them with the covered
needle pointing up to prevent insulin from blocking the needle opening.
Dispose of reused syringes in safe containers when:
The shot hurts when you use the
The needle becomes dull. Needles usually are dull after
being used more than 5 times.
The needle is bent or has touched
something other than your skin.
You notice redness or
signs of infection at the place where you have given
the shot. Let your doctor know if you have an infection.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
January 9, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 09, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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