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Insulin Therapy Center

Insulin Therapy for Diabetes: Diabetes in Control answers key questions about the uses and challenges of insulin in diabetes management, including:
– How insulin is used to treat diabetes
– How/when a healthcare professional should consider insulin therapy for diabetes patients
– What a healthcare professional needs to know about making insulin therapy safe and effective

Insulin for Life Answering Calls for Help

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Concerned about the extreme weather disasters we have had and those predicted, I reached out to Carol Atkinson, Director of Insulin for Life, a trusted organization, to see how we could help. She was so busy putting packages together for people who have diabetes, she quickly told me the story of Wharton, Texas. It was Labor Day weekend. Hurricane Harvey had just hit and it hit Wharton, Texas hard. They were in need of insulin.

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Monitoring Insulin Temperature

I have type 1 diabetes and have been living with it for the past 11 years. I take daily insulin injections to stay alive and well. A couple of years ago, I had a very frustrating incident when my insulin stopped working. I began injecting loads of insulin, and even with multiple doses my blood glucose wouldn’t drop.

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Not All Insulins and Not All Syringes are U-100

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Problems associated with the use of U-500 insulin syringes. We received two reports of accidental prescribing of the new BD U-500 insulin syringes for outpatients who were using a U-100 insulin product. In one case, an endocrinology clinic called the hospital pharmacy to ask how to order U-500 syringes. During the conversation, it became apparent that there was some confusion about the use of these syringes. The pharmacist stressed that the patient should not use a U-500 syringe to measure any insulin concentration other than U-500, or the measurement would be incorrect, leading to a 5-fold underdose.

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