Why someone use insulin? Aren’t they produce naturally in our body? Yes they are guys. Insulin is a type of hormone that helps move sugar from the blood to the other body tissues where it is used for energy. There is another job too. It is to reduce the more sugar production from the liver. So in some instances those amount of insulin produced by body is not enough for controlling the blood sugar level. The best example is if you are a diabetes person, your blood sugar level is too high to control from the existing insulin and from medications too. So that we have to give more insulin outside. That’s the reason someone using insulin and I think you got an idea about the process of insulin hormone
So when you are using insulin there is a proper way you should do that. Without knowing this basic facts about how to use insulin, you cannot get better results you expected and it can harm you in many ways. So as your health guider I will give you A to Z knowledge about the facts you should really know about when you using insulin to get better results. So let’s see…..
Body Sites for Injecting Insulin
You might think you can inject insulin yourselves anywhere in your body easily. But here it is. There are some special places where you should inject insulin if you are a user. So for your better understanding I will represent them in a diagram so you can identify those sites clearly
1 – On both sides of the upper arm
2 – Two inches from the navel (most suitable place)
3 – Both sides above buttocks
4 – Both sides above thighs
Here is something very important. You have to keep about 1.5 inches distance with the previous injected place. By injecting same place again and again absorption of insulin to the body decrease because the thickness of the skin increases. Keep it in mind
So guys those are the body places where you have to inject insulin for a better result. This is an important part you should know because injecting unsuitable places could bring harm to your body. So please be informed and tell your pal how to do this thing correctly and a better way
How to store insulin vials?
Now you know the body sites you should inject insulin. From this I will summarize you about the correct way you should follow to store these insulin vials. It is also a must know fact for an insulin user because without a proper storage the vials could be damaged and could be unsuitable for usage
The correct way of storing insulin vials is you have to place the vials in a small box or jar and you have to keep it on the second floor of the refrigerator. By the second floor I mean the temperature should be at 2 – 4 Celsius. From that you can keep your vials safe and sound
There is another thing you should not do. Do not place these vials at the door or the deep freezer of the refrigerator. Most people doing this mistake and that might damage your vials. So remember that point and now I think you have a better knowledge of storing your insulin vials properly
But what you have to do if you haven’t a refrigerator
The above mentioned method works for you if and if only you have a refrigerator. But you and I are not in the same economy level right. But don’t worry guys. Here I am for anything for you. I will tell the way how to store insulin to a person without the refrigerator. But please others follow the above method ok
Here is the way. First place the vials in small clay jar or clay cup. Take a clay bowl that is larger than before jar and fill half of it with cool water. Then place the cup with vials inside the bowl in a way water not get in to the cup and close the bowl with a clay lid. The diagram is for your best
Do not place the insulin vials in a way that those touch ice or in water
There are some other special points you should know if you are using this method
- Replace water three times a day
- Do not keep the bowl near electric devices and the kitchen oven
You can use a small hot water bottle or a rigifoam box for this process. First put some ice cubes or an ice packet in to the bottle or box you got. Then hung the insulin vial inside the bottle in a way that it does not get contact with ice with a piece of thread. Then close it from the lid and you can take it anywhere you want. But keep this in mind. You should add more ice time to time because you know that ice are melting in room temperature right. So if the destination is too long, continue putting ice inside the bottle
The correct way of selecting the proper syringe and needle
You can’t actually do this thing by using a syringe in your desire. There are some points. You have to choose any syringe marked as 1ml that is well packaged to ensure that it is free of germs.
About the needle of the syringe guys, you have to select exactly the 29G sized needle with the above syringe for this injecting process. The length of the needle must be ½ inches because when the needle is thinner, the pain is less when injecting
It is much better if you use a syringe that its needle is non-removable for this injecting process. You can use this same needle three or four times for yourself and yourself only
Use one syringe for one exact person and himself only. Do not use that on others. And avoid boiling the needle and syringe
It is marked as 100u on the 1cc syringe. One little part on the syringe represents 2 units. If you want to take 14 units you should pull out insulin from the vial to 14 on the syringe
What Should I Do Before Injecting Insulin?
- The very first thing is you have to prepare your meal because after about 20 minutes from the injection you have to take your meal
- You have to take your insulin vial out from the refrigerator before 20 minutes to the injection because reducing the cold of the insulin dose reduce pain while injecting
- Before you inject insulin you must wash your hands and the place you injecting the dose with soap and keep them to dry. That prevent inserting germs while injecting
- Re-read the labels and everything that you are using the correct type of insulin and re-remember the dose and other facts
- Wipe the lid of the vial with a spirit-applied cotton and if there is a white residue ar the bottom of your vial, roll the vial on your palm and mix it before using
The correct way of pulling the insulin to the syringe
The very next thing you should know about is how you get the insulin inside the vial in to your syringe. This is not as hard as you think guys. Follow the steps I’ve given below correctly. You will never know how you did that then. So let’s see
- Pull a volume of air to the syringe that equals to the exact dose of insulin
- Insert the air in to the vial through the rubber lid by injecting the needle of syringe
- Then take the exact dose of insulin you need to the syringe
- Tap to the syringe few times to clear off the air bubbles in insulin. Because injecting with bubbles cause pain
If you have to inject both two types of insulin, you have to first pull out the colorless insulin type to the syringe
When you get a treatment to another disease keep in mind to your doctor that you are using insulin. Because the medication could be changed according to your condition
Now you know the basic and proper way to get your dose into your syringe. Guess what next. Yes you are right. Next I will tell you how to inject the dose correctly yourselves
How to inject insulin properly with yourselves
In this one I will tell you the way you have to insulin to yourselves correctly for a better result. Follow the way I’m telling you exactly the same and you will able to complete the process successfully
You can create a small soft wave on the skin and inject it at an angle of about 45. Here is something. The depth your needle must go is the height of this wave. But if the patient is a fat person you can inject at an angle of 90, it means strait away. Insert almost the full length of the syringe needle to the body when injecting. After injecting keep the syringe steady for 5 seconds and pull out. Then also keep pressure on the injected point for about 5 seconds and you are done
Now you know all the important facts you should know about as an insulin user. But please guys, before you start taking insulin and if you have any more question about the way meet your doctor or nurse immediately. They will give better advices for you to protect you from going sideways. So I think you got the idea. Now you have a perfect knowledge about insulin usage. Keep it up then and be safe guys…..
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