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Insulin and Medications

Insulin doses are a non-negotiable part of managing your life with type 1 diabetes. The better you follow your doctor's prescribed medication plan, the greater your possibilities of having good glucose control. Learn more about the various types of insulin and how they interact with your body.

Insulin Site Rotation - Practicing Insulin Site Rotation
Insulin site rotation is a good principle to follow. Multiple insulin injections each day are a way of life for those with type 1 diabetes. And where you inject the insulin makes a big difference in the absorption level and effectiveness of the insulin. But it's easy to keep injecting in your "favorite spot." This is usually where you find it...

Tips for Injecting Insulin
Most people with type 1 diabetes take their insulin through injections with a syringe. It is important that you know where to inject your insulin in order to get the best absorption and minimize the discomfort. Here are some tips for your daily injections.

Insulin pumps - What You Like or Fear About Insulin Pumps
Insulin pumps have changed how thousands of people manage their type 1 diabetes. The majority of pump users love their pumps. Some have found that the pump is not as easy and carefree as they thought it would be. Others are curious about the pump but afraid to make the switch. Tell us why you use a pump and whether you like it or why you are...

What Are Your Insulin Delivery Preferences
Most people with type 1 begin taking insulin using a syringe and then later switch to insulin pens or an insulin pump. Some stick with the syringe because that is what they are familiar with or prefer. What have you tried, would like to try or would never try again as it relates to getting your daily insulin?

Types of Fast- and Short-Acting Insulins
Fast- and short-acting insulins are primarily used to balance glucose at mealtimes (called a bolus dose of insulin). A handy chart is provided for each of the fast- and short-acting insulins along with how quickly they take effect, the length to reach full potency and the duration of the insulin to lower blood sugar.

Disposing of Diabetes Needles
Diabetes “needles,” as used here, refer to syringes used to deliver insulin as well as the lancets that gently puncture the skin for blood glucose checks. Proper disposal of these needles is very important to protect yourself and others from potential harm and infection.

Fear of Needles - Coping With Fear of Needles
Needle phobia is more common than you might think for people with type 1 diabetes. This is an especially difficult problem for children with type 1 and their parents. Do you are your child experience needle phobia? What methods have you used to make fear of needles less of an obstacle to getting the daily insulin that is needed?

Disposing of Diabetes Needles - How Do You Dispose of Diabetes Needles
Diabetes sharps (syringe needles and lancets) need to be safely disposed of to reduce the risk of infection and injury. How we dispose of these sharps is important. What is your practice when it comes to disposing of these sharps?

Basal and Bolus Insulin
Both basal and bolus insulin are needed to balance the glucose in the body. But each has a different role and must be carefully planned in order to give the proper insulin coverage that your body needs.

Fear of Needles – Helping a Child with Type 1 Diabetes Overcome Needle Fear
Fear of needles would be a concern to any parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. You know that blood sugar checks and insulin shots are not negotiable. So, how do you cope with your child's fear and also practice ongoing management. Learn five sound tips to help with these fears.

Types of Insulin
There are many types of insulin that serve different purposes for people with diabetes. The type of insulin your doctor will prescribe depends on your particular needs. Learn what each type of insulin does, how long it takes to work and how long it continues to lower your blood sugar.

Insulin Injection Site Rotation - 5 Tips for Insulin Injection Site Rotation
Insulin injection site rotation is as important as the amount of insulin you take. These tips can help you make the most of your insulin injections.

Storing Insulin - The Best Way to Store Insulin
How you store your insulin can affect how well it works. Learn the best storage tips to keep your insulin working for you.

Rapid-acting Insulins
A rapid-acting insulin is one that is has been chemically modified to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster than normal. Learn what these insulins are and how they work quickly to lower blood sugar.

Insulin Delivery Devices - Your Options
There are several insulin delivery devices available for you to get the insulin you need on a daily basis? Here are your options.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Insulin Pump Therapy
Before you decide for or against insulin pump therapy, take a close look at the major advantages and disadvantages that accompany the use of a pump.

Insulin Analog
An insulin analog is a type of insulin that has been chemically modified to either act faster or slower than the type of insulin naturally made by the body. There are fast-acting and slow-acting insulin analogs. Learn what they are and how they different from human insulin.

Frequently Asked Questions About Insulin Pump Therapy
Insulin Pump Therapy is not a decision you should enter into lightly. There are many factors to consider. This article offers an overview of insulin pump therapy to help you understand some of the common questions and concerns.

The Basics of Insulin Therapy
Insulin therapy is a requirement of every person with type 1 diabetes. The more you understand how insulin therapy works, the better you will be able to effectively manage your diabetes. Here are some of the most common questions related to insulin therapy.

Types of Insulin
Fortunately, there are a many types of insulin to suit the different needs of people with diabetes. Some insulin takes effect quickly while others have a delayed effect. Some insulins can be mixed; others can't. This fact sheet from the National Diabetes Education Program gives you the essential information on the current insulin types.

Alternate Insulin Delivery Devices
Many people with type 1 diabetes believe that injecting insulin manually with a syringe is their only option. But, there are several other devices available that can deliver an accurate dose. Learn about these devices and new products in development that may eventually eliminate needle delivery in the foreseeable future.

Insulin Pumps
Insulin pumps have become very popular among people with type 1 diabetes in recent years. But is it right for you or your child? This informative article from the American Diabetes Association outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the "pump" as you try to make your decision.

How to Give an Insulin Injection
It takes some practice, but giving an insulin injection is not as hard as it seems. Here, we walk you through the steps.

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