My tips to stay healthy and enjoy life
I don’t let diabetes define me and slow me down!
I keep confident and enjoy my life, shopping and hanging around with my two best friends Tony and Tracey.
I listen to my body
I stay aware of how my body reacts to different stimuli, whether it’s the food I eat, the exercise or activity that I enjoy or stressful situations such as exams.
I take action when I can feel a hypo or hyper developing. For hypos, I always carry a kit with me including glucose tablets.
I’ve learnt not to be embarrassed
I’ve taught my friends, teachers and relatives to understand diabetes and how I manage it including my injection routine.
I’ve made sure everyone I spend time with knows how to recognise a hypo or a hyper and how to help when I might need it.
Knowledge is Power! I’ve become my own expert in diabetes and how to manage a good injection routine
I find speaking with healthcare professionals with my parents and participating in online forums helps to keep me informed and manage my diabetes effectively.
My check-list of diabetes medical devices
Devices for blood glucose monitoring
Standard lancet with lancing device
Or Safety lancet to prick the finger and obtain blood sample to measure blood glucose
Blood glucose meter
Devices to manage injections
Refillable injection pen
A conventional pen needle
A pen needle with a built-in removal system
Why changing my pen needle after each injection 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 major steps of the good injection routine is a preventative way from being exposed to all those risks
Discover Unifine® Pentips® Plus
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 when I change my needle with its unique size and its grip seal
It’s easy to remove and store the needle when I am on-the-go*
It’s reassuring. The audible click and padlock indicates that the pen needle I have used is safely secured in the container*
It works with my pen and is available in the length I have been prescribed*
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 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 sharps bin at the earliest opportunity.
© Copyright Owen Mumford 2017