How insulin works
Insulin works as a key to the cell, helping to open up its doors to glucose. However where the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin and the body is resistant to it, then Insulin shots may be recommended. Although they may at first have been able to regulate their blood sugar level with regular exercise and a healthy diet, most people with type 2 diabetes will end up needing to take Insulin at some point. Watch this video to learn more.
Types of insulin
Depending on your work schedule, there are different kinds of insulin to serve your needs. Whilst rapid acting insulin is taken right before or after eating a meal, short acting insulin is taken thirty minutes before eating. Watch this video to find out more about the different types of insulin to fit your work schedule.
Benefits of insulin
The benefits of insulin are numerous. Insulin is the oldest natural drug used in the treatment of diabetes. Insulin helps to regulate blood sugar level, preventing it from rising too high or dropping too low. Watch this video to learn more.
Insulin’s side effects
Insulin on its own rarely causes problems in people with diabetes. However, side effects may occur when insulin is not taken properly. The side effects of insulin include frequent thirst and urge to urinate. On the other hand taking too much insulin can lead to a hypoglycemic reaction. Watch this video to learn more.
Do I really need to be on insulin?
For many people with type 2 diabetes that have lived most of their life without insulin, a frequent question is, “Is insulin really that important?” If your doctor has put you on insulin then you do. Type 2 diabetes comes with two problems, one your body does not produce enough insulin and two it cannot use the insulin it produces effectively. See this video for more information.
Insulin: I’m nervous about injecting myself
At first, most people are scared of injecting themselves. There is no need to be afraid. Insulin needles have been engineered to ensure that you barely feel its presence in your body. You do not need a doctor or another third party to handle your injections for you. Watch this video for more information.
Insulin: I’m afraid of needles
If you are amongst those who feel afraid in the presence of a needle, you certainly will dread having to inject insulin into your bloodstream. However, it is important to note that needles today are very short and thin. It is difficult to feel anything. Watch the video above to learn more.
Where do I inject my insulin?
Most first timers are often unsure of where to inject their insulin. For single insulin shots a day, the belly is the best place to inject it. Not knowing where to inject your insulin can lead to pain and poor insulin absorption. For injecting the belly, divide it into four quarters and inject each quarter a day. Watch this video to know how.
Insulin: How do I dispose of my needles?
Failure to properly dispose of a needle can cause damage to your health and to the environment. Never pick up someone else’s needle and try to recap it as you might prick yourself accidentally. Never flush your used needle or sharp down the toilet. Watch this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Why do I suddenly need insulin?
Often it seems strange how suddenly you need insulin after years of managing just fine with diet and exercise. If your body can manage your diabetes fine with just diet and exercise then insulin is not required. However at some point, your pancreas may stop being able to produce enough insulin and insulin injections may be required. Click on this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Why doesn’t insulin come in a pill?
Has it ever bothered you to know why insulin does not come in a pill like every other drug? This is because insulin is a natural hormone that needs to be injected directly into the bloodstream. If insulin were swallowed as a pill your body will digest it before it can do its job. Watch this video to learn more.
What is cloudy insulin?
There is a difference between clear insulin and cloudy insulin. Cloudy insulin needs to be mixed prior to use. Where your insulin is clear insulin, it should not be cloudy or have particles contained inside. Taking damaged insulin is risky so inspect your insulin before use. Find out more by watching this video.
Diabetes: How to store insulin
Like most medications, insulin can be damaged by temperature. Hence excessively hot or cold weather can damage insulin. Where in cold weather, store your insulin in a bag. In hot weather you could store your cold thermos. Click on the video above to get extra information on how to store your insulin.
Insulin: How do I stay on a schedule?
A schedule is important for people with diabetes. This is to be able to ensure that meals always have the right balance. The ease of staying on a schedule depends on your work. This video aims at showing you how to maintain a schedule even where your work makes you switch between day and night shifts.
What happens when I change timezones?
Changing time zones can throw your blood glucose level off balance. A journey east will give you a shorter travel day whilst a journey west would mean a longer one. Although time changes of less than 2 hours do not require changes in meal plans and insulin shots, longer time changes will. See this video for more information.
Diabetes & Insulin: Can I skip meals?
Is it possible for you to skip meals when you have diabetes? Your blood glucose level could drop to a dangerously low level when you skip meals. This is because your blood glucose levels goes down in between meals and rises back up after you eat. Watch this video to learn more.
Insulin: How will my exercise regime change?
One cannot underestimate the significance of exercise in combating diabetes. Exercise helps in ensuring that your body is more receptive to insulin. It is also important that we find the right balance between exercise,e food and insulin. Click on the video above for additional information.
Insulin: How do I travel safely in a car?
It is important to note that when you have diabetes, a drop in glucose level whilst driving could pose a hazard to yourself and those around you. It is important to check your blood glucose level before you get into the car and every few hours during the trip. The information in the video above would help you enjoy your driving experience.
Diabetes & Insulin: Safe airplane travel
When travelling, it is necessary that you take certain things into consideration for your health safety. One of these is to know whether your new location is equipped enough to handle a diabetic emergency. Talk about your trip with your doctor and make a list of the medications you would require for your trip. See this video to know more.
What happens when I get a cold or flu?
The danger of a cold or flu is increased when you have diabetes. The hormones your body releases to fight the illness when you are sick raise your blood glucose level. Always talk to your doctor to find out which symptoms are serious when you are sick. Click on this video for additional information.
How does diabetes affect my oral hygiene?
Diabetes raises the risk of having teeth and gum infection, fungal infection and poor healing after brushing. This is because your mouth may find it harder to fight off germs and your body may take longer to heal. Failure to adequately take care of your gums and teeth may lead to gingivitis. This may in turn cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. Watch this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Handling hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia occurs where the blood glucose level is low. These can lead to symptoms such as a headache, tiredness, sweat and cool skin. Should you feel like your blood glucose level is low, eat something sugary and check when your next meal is. If it is more than an hour away, then eat a small snack to prevent another low blood glucose level. Watch this video to learn more.