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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

Create Safe Environment for Your Patients to Tell You the Truth

A teenage type 1 on an insulin pump was seen in our office for follow up. The download on her pump revealed some interesting numbers. First off, her glucose levels were out of target range and secondly her I:CHO ratio and her insulin sensitivity looked more like the numbers of a type 2 diabetic vs a type 1. Her I:CHO was 1:16 and her insulin sensitivity was 1:30. In my experience, I'm used to seeing a lower I:CHO and a higher insulin sensitivity in type 1 vs type 2.

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Think Out of the Box!

An extremely insulin sensitive type 1 diabetic woman in her 60s came for review of carb counting and blood sugar logs. Pt had been running blood sugars above target range. When asking pt why she thought her blood sugars were running high, she stated she was fearful of having low blood sugars.

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Insulin Stability Charts

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Knowing the stability of their insulin medications is key to patients’ ability to control their blood sugar levels. When should your patients dispose of their insulin if refrigerated, non-refrigerated, opened or still sealed? Print out this stability chart of vials and insulin pens to hand out to your patients. Stability of …

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How Long Does the Insulin Last? Do The Math!

In assessing an in-patient's diabetic educational needs, I was reviewing with him his in-home regimen for his insulin therapy. Per his report, he stated that he took Levemir 50 units twice a day. I asked if it was by needle, syringe and vial preparation, which it was. I instructed him re: the shelf life of Levemir of 42 days once opened. He stated, "I throw it out after a month, but there is always insulin in the vial.” He also said he has more than an adequate supply. He was receiving his insulin by mail-order, receiving as he should, but not using it in a timely fashion. In other words, he was stockpiling his insulin.

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Lowering Carbs Can Be Helpful Tool in Weight Loss for People with Insulin-Requiring Diabetes

Female, 28 years of age, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 25. She was taught to manage her diabetes with a basal/bolus insulin regimen and meal plan prescribed by health care team. She was taught she could eat anything she wanted as long as she covered her carbs with rapid-acting insulin. Her glucose was in control, but she gained 50 pounds over the first year. She then attributed her weight gain to taking insulin, so she would not take enough insulin to cover her glucose levels.

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