Using Insulin

Most people with diabetes use a needle and syringe or an insulin pen to take their insulin. Once you learn how, this will be a quick and relatively painless task. If you have problems with your vision or using your hands, there are injection aids that may help solve the problem.

Using a syringe is just one way to take insulin. Advanced delivery systems such as the insulin pump may work better for some people. Some people use an insulin pen, while others use high pressure jet injectors to pass insulin through the skin. Whatever you choose, the basic purpose is the same: to deliver insulin into the fat that lies just under your skin.

Other ways to deliver insulin may become more widely available in the future. Inhaled insulin and insulin patches are being tested. One exciting prospect is an insulin infusion device that is implanted into the body. With this, you might be able to go 2 months without having to worry about refilling it. And scientists hope that one day they will be able to make a device that measures your blood glucose level and delivers the proper amount of insulin automatically.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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