Latest Tip: How often should I change the insulin in my pump reservoir?
In most cases, pump users should change the insulin in their pump’s reservoir, as well as their infusion set, every 48 hours. However, Novo Nordisk was approved in 2009 for a labeling change to insulin aspart (brand name NovoLog) that allows people to use the insulin in their pump for up to six days.
July 25, 2019: For how long can I use a vial of insulin?
The expiration date on insulin packaging is for unopened, refrigerated vials, disposable pens, or pen cartridges. Once opened, most vials of insulin last for 28 days, even if refrigerated, but many pens and pen cartridges are good for only 7, 10, or 14 days (and should not be refrigerated).
July 20, 2019: How should I count fiber when determining how much insulin I need to cover a meal or snack?
Since fiber is not digested or absorbed, you should subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate on the label if there are more than 5 grams of fiber per serving. People who are very sensitive to insulin may wish to subtract all fiber, even if there are fewer than 5 grams per serving.
July 15, 2019: What factors should I consider when taking insulin to bring down a high blood glucose level?
Be careful when taking extra insulin to “cover” for high blood glucose. Take into account any insulin that is still active from your previous dose, as well as any variability in the effect of the “correction” insulin based on the time of day or other factors.
April 14, 2019: Should you adjust your insulin dose when you exercise?
Maybe. If you take insulin and regularly need to eat before or during exercise to prevent or treat low blood sugar, speak to your doctor or diabetes educator about lowering your insulin doses on days you exercise.
March 14, 2019: I’m afraid of needles. How can I use insulin?
For people who have trouble injecting insulin or who are afraid of needles, various injection aid devices exist that hide the needle or assist with inserting it into the skin. Before purchasing an injection aid, make sure that it is compatible with the type of syringe you use.
March 8, 2019: For how long is rapid-acting insulin active in the body?
Rapid-acting insulin can lower blood glucose for as long as five hours, although it varies from person to person. If you plan on taking another dose within five hours of your last one, reduce it somewhat to lower the risk of hypoglycemia.
March 5, 2019: How much insulin should you take if you don’t know how much carbohydrate you’re going to eat?
If you don’t know how much carbohydrate you will consume in a meal, consider splitting your rapid-acting insulin dose. Take enough insulin at the beginning of the meal to cover the amount of carbohydrate you know you will eat, then take more insulin as soon as you know you’ll eat more than that.
March 1, 2019: You’re about to eat a meal. When should you take your rapid-acting insulin?
If you take rapid-acting insulin with meals, try taking it 5, 10, and 15 minutes before eating on different occasions to determine which timing is best for you to control your postmeal blood glucose spike. Check your blood glucose level one, two, and three hours after your meal to gauge the effect.
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