Insulin is used by diabetic people for the management of their disease. Just as a glucose monitor is an important instrument for diabetes management, insulin therapy is also very essential. Insulin helps to regulate blood glucose levels and helps in the storage of excess glucose. If insulin production in the body is not normal than insulin has to be taken artificially. Let us look into different types of insulin:
- Insulin syringes:
Insulin syringes are easy to use and in most cases can be self-injected by the patient. These syringes have short and fine needles. An insulin syringe must have clear graduations on it to avoid any problem. If insulin intake is not precise or accurate, then blood sugar levels may not be controlled.
Always make sure that the insulin syringe you purchase is sealed and unopened. The sealing should be easy to open. Take care to not to touch the needle or else it would be contaminated.
- Insulin pen:
Another way of injecting insulin is by means of an insulin pump. An insulin pen comes in two different types; prefilled insulin pen and a durable pen. A prefilled insulin pen can be disposed after insulin has been used up. Whereas a durable pen has insulin cartridges inside which can be replaced after use.
Insulin pens are preferred over insulin syringes as they are easier to carry and easier to inject.
- Insulin pump:
An insulin pump consists of an insulin reservoir and an infusion set. A pump is a more precise instrument as compared to a syringe or a pen. Studies have shown that people who use insulin pump can more efficiently manage their diabetes. However, it is an expensive choice and not commonly used.