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The Necessity of the Insulin Syringe
For insulin-dependent diabetics, the insulin syringe is a must-have. Because of diabetics' inability to produce (or produce enough of) insulin, this pancreas-produced hormone has to be injected manually to help control the amount of sugar in the blood stream. When the amount of insulin in the blood is not adequate, sugar builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia). Why? Without the correct amount of insulin in the blood, the body is unable to convert the sugar into a cellular level properly, which means it ultimately cannot be used by the cells as energy.
Without proper control of one's blood sugars, adverse reactions can occur, such as hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, which can lead to diabetic comas and seizures - even death. Long-term poorly controlled diabetes can lead to amputations, blindness and vital organ system shutdowns.
In addition to regulating blood glucose, insulin also helps in repairing and building your muscles. Insulin transports amino acids (an important unit of protein) to your muscles while they are being repaired or injured. Decreased insulin in the blood (hypoglycemia) can cause weakness, light-headedness and shaking.
At Total Diabetes Supply, we know the importance of having the right diabetic insulin syringes for sale. Here, diabetes syringes are available for sale without a prescription. The type of insulin syringe you choose depends on the your condition and your personal needs. As there are different types of insulin, there are also different ways of injecting it.
Shop different lengths, gauges and capacities of diabetes syringes at Total Diabetes Supply. With our wide range of diabetic insulin syringes for sale, we're sure you'll find the syringe that's best for you at a low price. Browse our many types of insulin syringes to find the right ones quickly and conveniently for your diabetes treatment.
Types of Insulin
There are currently four types of insulin prescribed by doctors that are used by diabetes syringes: rapid-acting; short-acting; intermediate acting and long-acting insulin. Your health condition and type of diabetes that you have dictate what type of insulin you need.
- Rapid-acting insulin is commonly taken before meals to avoid a blood glucose spike after eating. This is often combined with long-acting insulin. Available brands include Insulin lispro, (Humalog), Insulin glulisine (Apidra) and Insulin aspart (Novolog).
- Short-acting insulin, just like rapid-acting insulin, is taken at least 30 minutes prior to eating to control blood sugar level spikes during meals and includes brands like Humulin R and Novolin R.
- Intermediate-acting insulin is used when the effect of rapid-acting insulin wears off. Intermediate-acting insulin controls a diabetic's blood sugar level for at least 12 hours and is often combined with long-acting insulin. Available brands include NPH insulin (Humulin N, Novolin N).
- Long-acting insulin is used specifically when rapid-acting insulin stops working, lowering blood glucose. Long-acting insulin lasts for 20 to 26 hours without a peak and is often combined with short-acting and rapid-acting insulin. Available brands include Insulin glargine (Lantus) and Insulin detemir (Levemir).
Diabetes Insulin Syringes
Diabetes insulin syringes, insulin pens and insulin pumps are used to inject insulin into the fatty tissue that lies just under the skin. The insulin syringe is the most common way of administering insulin. Please note the following when choosing the type of insulin syringe that is right for you:
• A 100-unit syringe marks 2 units of insulin per line
• A 50-unit syringe marks 1 unit of insulin per line
• Use a large syringe that can hold the entire dose of insulin needed for use. For example, use a 30-unit syringe if you need 30 unit of insulin; 50-unit syringe if you need 50 units of insulin or less
• Use a syringe with ½ unit marks if your insulin dosage has a ½ unit.
• Make sure the markings on your syringe are clear
• If you have hand injuries or arthritis, talk to your doctor about other options
• The length of standard insulin syringe is ½ inch; however, there are 5/16-inch and 3/16-inch insulin syringe lengths available as well.
• A 3/16-inch length is recommended for children's use
Injecting Insulin with Insulin Syringes
When injecting insulin with your choice of insulin syringe, it's important to vary the site. This allows for improved absorption of the insulin while reducing the repeated skin trauma to the area. Repeated insulin injections can cause changes in the fatty layer under the skin. For aesthetic reasons, some people don't like how this looks. More importantly, however, it can affect the absorption time of insulin.
When choosing the location of your insulin injections, the abdomen has better insulin absorption. To avoid connecting with muscle, pinch your skin and fat and then inject in that area: puncturing muscle hurts and may result in low blood sugar. This is because insulin is absorbed faster by the muscle. Aim for 45º or a 90º angle when injecting.
Note that it is not necessary to wash or wipe your skin with alcohol before injecting insulin with an insulin syringe as long as the area is clean and covered.
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