Quick Tips for Type 1 Diabetes
What follows is a quick and dirty list of my top of mind quick tips.
At diagnosis, most persons with type 1 diabetes have lost 85-90% of their ability to produce insulin.
An open bottle of insulin should be discarded after 1 month.
Rapid-acting insulin starts working about 20 minutes after injection.
The honeymoon phase is defined by a total daily insulin dose of less than 0.5 units/kg/day.
A bottle of NPH insulin should be gently rolled at least 20-25 times before using.
Never freeze insulin: it destroys it.
If you see clumps inside the insulin bottle, throw it away.
When drawing a mixed insulin dose, always draw out the longest acting insulin first.
It is not necessary to aspirate an insulin shot.
Let the alcohol dry before injecting; it stings less.<