Finding the Right Insulin Syringe
The question of the right products to treat your diabetes is one that may take a while to answer; because every individual is different, the preferences and needs of each particular patient must, to some extent, be catered to—and it’s only through trial and error, in many cases, that you will find out what works best for you. Of course, diabetic supply companies carry a range of products from the most basic to the most complex, and even in the relatively mundane-seeming category of insulin syringes, there are a lot of options available to you. If you decide, after consulting with your doctor, to use the vial-and-syringe system of insulin administration, then the next step is to find the right insulin syringe, whether that’s a bd ultrafine needle, an easytouch insulin syringe, or any of the other options that exist. There are some things to consider when looking for the right insulin syringe, and the more information you arm yourself with, the easier the shopping experience will be.
Insulin syringes come in different sizes, by prescription; the three most common sizes are 0.3 ml, 0.5 ml and 1 ml. This is actually a fairly simple decision to make; you should choose a syringe size based on the dose of insulin you require. Keep in mind that it is easier and more accurate to measure smaller doses with syringes that have a smaller volume. So, for example, 0.3 ml insulin syringes are ideal for doses under 30 units, because they have a discreet size and easy adjustment. These syringes are graduated in one-unit intervals and are very small. For doses between 30 and 50 units, 0.5 ml insulin syringes are ideal—while they are graduated in the same one-unit intervals, they are calibrated for the slightly higher dosage. In the case of 1 ml syringes, these are ideal for doses over 50 units, and are graduated in 2-unit intervals. Most manufacturers will carry syringes of all three sizes, so for example you can purchase a bd insulin syringe in any of the three sizes, or an easytouch insulin syringe if you prefer that company.
You should also consider the needle that goes with your syringe when you’re making a choice. In the interests of creating a more pleasant experience, and therefore one that diabetics are more likely to adhere to, companies have been refining the needles that are used for insulin injection—both in terms of the gauge, or thickness of the needle, as well as the length of the needle. Over the past 25 years, needle size has changed and evolved from a length of 16 mm and 27 gauge thickness, to one a mere 4 mm long and 32 gauge thickness—a needle so fine, so sharp, and so short, that it’s barely perceptible, much less painful. While there have been concerns over the thin short needles’ performance in terms of penetrating the skin and delivering insulin to the correct part of the body, studies have shown that for the vast majority of individuals, there is no problem at all. So feel free to check on reviews from those who have tried products such as bd ultrafine, the easytouch insulin syringe, and other items, to find the solution that is going to work best to you. All reputable diabetic supply companies will carry as many options as possible.
- What Diabetes Supplies Should You Purchase? 29.02.2016