Types of insulin: short-acting and ultra-short-acting insulin

Health and diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps adjusting your blood sugar levels in blood. This hormone is vital for the transmission and storage of glucose in our cells, and it helps using this glucose as an energy source for our organism.

Insulin acts as a key, allowing the entrance of glucose to cells. If glucose cannot enter cells, it ends up accumulating in blood.

But, did you know there are different types of insulin? We tell you all you need to know about them.

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How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

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How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

Diabetic neuropathy can be diagnosed taking into account a reported symptomatology, besides the clinical history and a physical examination of the patient. During the examination, the doctor is likely to check strength, muscle tone, osteotendinous reflexes, and sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration. The following complementary tests are also usually carried out according to each case:

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Insulin sensitivity or correction factor

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Insulin Sensitivity Factor (ISF) indicates how much one unit of rapid or regular insulin will lower the blood glucose (mg/dll or g/mol).

The correction factor is the calculation to determine the dose of insulin necessary to correct the glycemia.

The insulin sensitivity factor may vary and be different from one time of the day to another even is possible that varies significantly between the disease stages.

When to use insulin correction factor?

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The yesterday and today of diabetes. Insulclock

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We are conscious that yesterday and today of diabetes are not the same. The development of the control and treatment criteria have been very relevant for the management of this disease.

With this new section we are going to travel across the time, sharing with you the diabetes’ evolution during all these years. Week after week, we will add new content with your help. Yes, that is! We want you to help us to fill out this section with before and after photos of diabetes control. Continue reading »

Insulin needles “ARE NOT REUSABLE”

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The Spanish Public Healthcare System finances the insulin needles to insert in the pen. Necessary trips to monitor the glycemia are also financed.

Currently, many people complain that there is not enough resources, but above all else, they are complaining about the bad quality of what the healthcare system delivers. Patients will receive different brands or models depending on patient’s residence. Even in some healthcare centres where economic factor is scarce, they recommend to reuse needles. It is not the first time that a patient is heard complaining because a healthcare centre does not deliver enough needles, and tell him or her to reuse the needle.

It is forbidden by the Spanish law and by European regulation (explicitly written on the product packaging), needles cannot be used more than once, are not reusable. It must be used one new needle for every shot. Continue reading »

Waste management for patients with diabetes

Health and diabetes

Living with diabetes implies to acquire daily knowledge on it continuously and this is why it is necessary to obtain a responsible management on this disease.

To be responsible does not only implies to carry out a proper control on glucose levels, moreover person with diabetes has to be aware of other aspects like waste management of things used during the treatment, i.e., drugs and utensils like needles, strips, lancets, etc. Continue reading »