Today's Tip: Is it OK to reuse syringes?

One syringe can be used multiple times throughout a day, unless you have a history of infections or are ill or immune-compromised. Check with your doctor before you do this.

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Yesterday's Tip: Can I reuse lancets?

With good hygiene, it is usually acceptable to use the same lancet throughout a 24-hour period (but check with your doctor first).

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December 1, 2016: Is there any way I can save money on my insulin supplies?

Yes — buying your supplies in bulk can save a significant amount of money. However, make sure you don’t buy more of any item than you will use before its expiration date.

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November 30, 2016: How can you make sure your diabetes will be taken into account if you are incapacitated?

It is a good idea for anyone with diabetes to wear a medical identification bracelet indicating that he has diabetes, just in case he is ever unable to speak for himself.

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November 29, 2016: What nutrients should I eat for healthy bones?

Adequate levels of many nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K, are necessary to build healthy bones. The most important of these are calcium and vitamin D.

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November 28, 2016: Noises keep me awake at night. What can I do?

Try using a “white noise generator,” a fan, or a tape of nature sounds to block unwanted noise when trying to sleep.

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November 27, 2016: If you have insomnia at night, what should you do during the day to help?

Avoid long naps during the day if you have insomnia. Exercising during the day can also promote sleep at night. Finally, getting some sun exposure during the day can help improve sleep.

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November 26, 2016: How can a “sleep diary” help me improve my sleep quality?

Keeping a sleep diary can help you figure out what’s keeping you up or what works best to help you sleep. Each morning, record in your sleep diary when you went to bed, about how long it took to go to sleep, about how many times you recall waking up, when you got up, and how rested you feel. Record any naps you took the day before. Also rate your energy level and alertness during the day on a scale of 1 to 10. If this doesn’t improve your sleep quality, you may want to consult a sleep specialist.

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November 25, 2016: What kind of pillow should I use to get the best night’s sleep?

Thinner pillows may give better posture and provide more comfortable sleep to people who sleep on their backs, while people who sleep on their sides may need thicker pillows for more neck support. You can also try a pillow or bolster behind you when you sleep on your side, or a pillow under your feet or between your knees to reduce back strain.

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November 24, 2016: What are some tips that can help me sleep?

To help yourself sleep, reduce caffeine, limit alcohol, and stop smoking. Get in the habit of using your bed only for sleep and sex. Don’t read, eat, talk on the phone, or watch television in bed. Get up at the same time every morning, whether you’ve slept or not. Be patient, as it can take at least two weeks to learn new sleep behaviors.

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