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Does choosing the right syringe really make a difference in treating my diabetes? The answer is a resounding YES!
For persons with diabetes, there are several factors to consider when choosing a syringe, including:
* amount of insulin to be injected
* numbness of the fingers or hands
* body weight/mass
1) The amount of insulin to be injected
determines how big of a syringe you will
need to draw up your insulin in one
- If you take more than 40 units of
insulin, it is best to choose the 1 cc -
100 unit - syringe.
- Doses between 40 and 50 units, on a
50 unit syringe, make the plunger
very long, and it is harder to handle.
- If you have nerve damage in your fingers,
or impaired dexterity, you may not get
the correct dose, or you could injure
yourself attempting to inject.
2) Dexterity impacts the size of syringe you
may want to use as well, as available
syringes have different barrel
- If you have trouble moving your fingers,
due to neuropathy or arthritis, a smaller
barrel may be harder to handle.
3) Vision is also a factor. Print on many
insulin syringes is very small, making it
difficult to see.
- Larger-barrelled syringes have slightly
larger numbers, and some may be printed
in darker or bolder lettering.
4) Numbness of the fingers and hands makes
handling syringes challenging, since it
is hard to sense them.
- Larger syringe barrels or those with
safety covers, may be easier to handle,
than smaller syringes. The safety covers
add diameter to the barrel.
5) Body weight or mass. Smaller thinner
persons do not have as much fat tissue to
penetrate when injecting the insulin.
- For persons with larger body mass or
thicker fat layers, a syringe with a 5/8
inch needle is a better choice.
- For very thin persons, a syringe with a
1/2 inch needle may work best.
Choosing the right syringe is as important as choosing the right lancet or lancing device; the right syringe will make self-care of your disease easier, and will then increase the effectiveness of your treatmen, and reduce your risk of complications.
Talk to your physician, pharmacy or diabetes supply company about the different syringes that are available, to help you choose the right one for you.