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Safe and effective use of insulin requires proper storage
- By Elena Toschi, MD, Contributor
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Type 1 diabetic for 30 years. I’ve never had issues with insulin going bad until earlier this year when i used FIASP. I had it at room temp and within a week it had brown clumps. Since then i’ve started using a Frio. Insulin prices and medical costs are thru the roof. I’ve lost most any respect for medical system. Their role in society is to use their superior knowledge to help their fellow man. Its now turned into using that superior knowledge to find the sick on the ground and get every last cent from him.
Safe & effective use of insulin requires being able to afford it.
Something the US system of providing health care and the pharmacuticial industry is making more & more difficult for more people.
I have been taking insulin for 35 years and had in both hot and cold places for extended periods with zero adverse affects.
I was diagnosed as type 2 last year, my weight was 125kg, my doctor wanted me to start insulin and encouraged a diet with an alarming amount of carbs, so I went to boots and bought a blood sugar tester that I used every day, and started on a Atkins type diet. I.e no carbs….. and when I say no carbs I really mean none. So lots of meats and fish, eggs etc. I gradually started loosing weight at a rate of 3kg per month and Im now 94kg, I have never taken insulin and in a few months I will be my target weight. my lifestyle can never go back to carbs, but I can have some nowerdays without my blood sugar increasing, so if I want a curry I can have a Nan bread with it but no rice chips etc. And to be honest when you cut out carbs you can eat a lot of really tasty things that help lose weight a fry up without the beans is fine, lamb chops and kebabs without the bread etc. The only downside is because of the extra fat intake I need to be doing daily cardio. I really believe doctors are offered too many incentives by drug companies and tend to love writing prescriptions instead of encouraging a positive change in our lifestyles.
Linda: excellent job and good reminder to all of us that lifestyle modification is FIRST and should always be prescribed and renewed at every single visit (no matter what!).
Sound advice, but the big challenge with this is the insurance company restriction on refills.
I often have vials/pens on the edge of the 28 days, but discarding means a gap in insurance coverage for refills (covered for x units per day). Expensive.
Outlandish wish would be for some way to measure insulin effectiveness to know if it’s expiring. Currently it involves convincing the doc to prescribe a higher daily dose than I really need…
Agree. Please address with your MD.
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