Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Diabetes Health Reference Charts
Blood Sugar Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

Instruction on Using Insulin Pens Recommended


Aug 1, 2001

Researchers speculate that incorrect use of insulin pens may harm one's ability to control diabetes. However, after studying the effects of correct and incorrect use of insulin pens on users, they found that the method of injecting did not affect a person's HbA1c—despite the fact that incorrect injecting is common.

Researchers, who presented their findings at the ADA's scientific sessions in June, observed 100 patients who were using an insulin pen to inject NPH in February 2000. They determined that the majority of the group (62 people) injected properly and a minority of them (38 people) did not—either by not suspending the insulin correctly or removing the needle too early. Both groups displayed lower HbA1c levels up to six months after the study, rendering their premise inconclusive.

Regardless, researchers note that instructing users on how to inject correctly may help control blood sugar.

In the February 2000 issue of Diabetes Health, Peter Jehle, MD, and his colleagues from University Hospital in Ulm, Germany, recommended tipping insulin pens at least 20 times before injections to ensure an even mix.


Categories: A1c Test, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Pens



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.