Facts

is a hormone that the pancreas produces to enable the use of glucose (blood sugar) by the cells in the body. Individuals whose bodies fail to secrete or make use of this hormone efficiently can take as a supplement to manage their blood sugar levels.

Different types of available are used to manage diabetes and typically differ in terms of how they work:

Fast-acting begins its action in a matter of minutes and stays in the system for about two hours.

Short-acting begins to work 30 minutes in with its effects lasting up to several hours.

Intermediate-acting insulin takes full effect in 2-4 hours and works for approximately 18 hours.

Long-acting lasts for a full day.

You may get a prescription for more than one kind of depending on your doctor’s discretion. You may also need more than one dose per day and also use additional medications.

Taking

Most patients take via injections, which can be administered using either a pen or cartridge system. The injection site is of import. The sites that are known for the most consistent absorption are the stomach, buttocks, thighs, and arms.

It is recommended you stick to the same region for the injections, switching up the specific spots where you give yourself the shots to reduce scarring. For those who are not fans of needles and injections, pumps and inhaled devices are available alternatives.

Scheduling Your Shots

The time where you administer your shot is dependent on the type you take. However, it is a good idea to time your injection according to your mealtimes so that the takes effect as the glucose from your food is getting absorbed, which assists your body in using the sugar in the blood as well as prevents your blood sugar from plummeting. If you are unsure as to when you should take your , you should consult with your doctor for more information.

Side Effects

Most common side effects associated with are low glucose levels, weight fluctuations at the beginning of the treatment, scarring due to shots, and rashes at either injection sites or sometimes across the body.

How to Store Your Injectable

Always keep two bottles of every type you need readily available. vials that are in use do not need to be refrigerated and can be stored at room temperature for a month. One golden rule to keep in mind is that the is safe to inject if the temperature does not cause any discomfort.

How to Store Your Inhaled

Follow the instructions on the box. Refrigerate an unopened box of inhaled until you begin using it. Without storing it in a refrigerator, you need to use the in ten days.

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Posted on March 8, 2018