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Diabetes & Insulin

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you are certainly not alone. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States and approximately 415 million people worldwide. Although diabetes is a very common diagnosis, managing your disease is a very personal experience. Learning about your diabetes and treatment options such as insulin can help. Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar can be higher than normal. When you have diabetes: Your pancreas makes little, not enough, or no insulin, or Your body prevents the insulin you do make from working correctly As a result, sugar can’t get into your cells, so it stays in your blood. This causes your blood sugar to stay too high (also called hyperglycemia). Both high and low blood sugar can result in serious complications. That’s why controlling your blood sugar is an essential part of managing your diabetes. Follow your health care provider's recommendation about the best time of day to check your blood sugar. Once you get a little practice checking your blood sugar, it will become part of your routine. No compatible source was found for this video. What are the symptoms of diabetes? If you have diabetes, you may h Continue reading >>

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  1. abbypepper13

    I'm not on a pump yet but I was giving myself Levemir by pen and I accidentally gave it in a vein. It started bleeding but it stopped. It's now just a little puffy and red. Is that okay? Also, will the insulin still be able to benefit my body? Sorry, a little new to this :/

  2. jennagrant

    So sorry I missed your message. I was all caught up in the Christmas and New Years cheer.
    Every once in a while you get "bleeders" when you do shots. Don't stress about them. If you notice higher blood sugars afterwards, then take extra short acting insulin using the correction dose your doctor recommends.
    Your skin is more likely to bleed after a shot if it hasn't healed from a previous injection, so make sure to rotate your shots as much as you can. That gives your skin a chance to heal.
    I know it's been a couple weeks, so your skin is probably fine. Sometimes you can get red or puffy spots from an injection or pump infustion site. Don't worry about it unless it starts looking infected, feels hot, or has red sqiggly lines coming from it. If any of that stuff happens, call your doctor and have it checked out. Then avoid that spot for a while.

    An infections is very unlikely. I did shots about 25 years, rarely using alcohol swabs and usually reusing needles, before getting a pump. Think I had a mildly infected injection site just once or twice. They healed with a little alcohol and neosporin.

  3. LarryM

    Fortunately you use Levemir. Lantus must crystillize under the skin to release properly. IV Lantus injection can cause severe hypoglycemia (My experience, 180 to 30 in 25 minute, and falling). I have had many accidental IV injections of other long and short acting insulins with no adverse effect or infection, only bruising. I would not worry about occasional IV injection, just try to avoid the spot next time.

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