Our tips to help us stay healthy
Bob - Type 2 diabetes
65 years old, entrepreneur
Taking control and asking questions
My wife and I have become our own experts on diabetes which helps us get on with our lives.
From the very beginning, we have ensured that diabetes is only a part of our life.
Emily - Type 1 diabetes
30 years old, assistant in a public hospital
Since my childhood, I have been taught that I can do the same activities as everyone else. My life is full, vibrant and dynamic just like many of my friends.
Ada - Type 2 diabetes
45 years old, employee in a communications agency
Listening to my body
I have learnt to interpret signs of hypos and hypers.
Improving and adapting my food habits
It has always been important to help me manage my blood glucose.
Taking regular exercises
The exercise bike in the gym is my preferred sport routine!
Relatives and friends
Lin - Type 2 diabetes
73 years old, retired civil servant
Listening to my body
I have let my relatives know what its like to be me. This has always helped them to be supportive and quickly notice when I have hypos or hypers which might need help.
Garry - Type 2 Diabetes
78, retired labourer
My nurse gave me some great advice that empowers me on the self-management of my diabetes and on good injection routine and technique.
My pharmacist is close to my home and I see him often. Our relationship is good and I talk to him whenever I pick up my prescriptions.
Understanding some existing diabetes medical devices
Devices for blood glucose monitoring
Standard lancet with lancing device
Or safety lancet to prick finger and obtain blood samples
Test strip and
Blood glucose metre for blood sugar measurement
Devices to manage injections
Refillable injection pen
Two types of pen needles
A conventional pen needle
A pen needle with a built-in removal system
Sharps container to dispose used devices
Why changing my pen needle is important
Reusing a pen needle can lead to several problems, including poor glycaemic control, infection and lipohypertrophy1,2,3
Air bubbles in the cartridge and leakage 1
Needle blockage and clogging1
Accumulation of bacteria on the needle 2
Needle bending 3
Breakage of the needle tip 3
Whole needle breakage 3
Following the good injection routine
Discover Unifine® Pentips® Plus...
...and how it fits in with our lives
Available in 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 12mm
*Compatible with all major injection pens
This pen needle is designed for my comfort
It’s easy to handle thanks to its unique size and grip seal
Easy to remove pen needle thanks to the built in removal system
It’s reassuring. The audible click and padlock indicates that the pen needle I have used is safely secured in the container*
Compatible with all diabetic medication injection pens*
This site is for educational purpose only. You should always consult your healthcare professionals before changing the management of your diabetes. If you have any queries or questions, ask your diabetes nurse or HCP for help.
1. King L (2003) Subcutaneous insulin injection technique. Nursing Standard. 17, 34, 45-52. Date of acceptance: February 17 2003. 2. I.V. Misnikova et al. Journal of Diabetology. The Risks of Repeated Use of Insulin Pen Needles in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. February 2011; 1:1. 3. Teresa Torrance. Effect of insulin needle reuse, size and site of injection on the risk of bending and breaking. Journal of Diabetes Nursing Vol 12 No 1 2008.
*The used pen needle is secured in the interim container and must be placed in a sharpes bin at the earliest opportunity.
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