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Insulin pen-Yet another alternative for survival

By Mike Bate Subscribe to RSS | November 28th 2011 | Views:
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Before we start discussing about Insulin pen , let’s throw some light on its roots i.e., Diabetes. For those who are new to this term, Diabetes is a metabolic disease which raises the blood sugar level of the patient making him face polydipsia (increased thirst), polyphagia (increased hunger) and polyuria (frequent urination). The reason behind such medical behavior could either be the body producing insufficient amount of insulin or the cells not responding to the insulin produced by the body. Diabetes can be divided into three major categories or types i.e., Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.

It is Type 1 diabetes patients who cannot produce appropriate amount of insulin and need to inject insulin artificially to sustain their metabolism. These types of patients are often known as Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDMs. There are several ways of injecting insulin in the body. The most traditional and common way was with the use of syringes, in which two different insulins were mixed together and injected in the patient’s body. But with the advancement in the field of bio-technology many types of medical equipment have been devised to ease off the patient’s pain and make every day process hassle free. One such revolutionary innovation is the Insulin pen.

The Insulin pen can be of two types:

Durable Insulin pen:

It comes with a cartridge filled with insulin which is replaces every time the insulin is over.

Prefilled Insulin pen:

This type of insulin pen is completely disposable after use.

Insulin pen can be operated upon by following a very simple procedure. Screw a new insulin pen and prime it to remove the excess air from the needle if required. Drag the knob to towards the end of the insulin pen and dial the count of units required. Introduce the needle into the skin of the patient and push the button on the rare end to distribute the dose, count five and remove it. There are many brands who manufacture insulin pen and needle. Few of them are, Easy Touch Insulin Pen Needle 31G X 1/4", SureFine Pen Needle 29G X 12.7 MM-100/BX, SureFine Pen Needle 31G X 8MM 100/BX and many more.

The Insulin pens are extremely portable which makes them easy to carry and are much hassle free to use as compared to the conventional syringes. The scale mark on the pen lets the patients have a highly precise dose of insulin every time. It’s a boon for those affected with visual or fine motor skills impairments. The pain caused by the insulin pen is almost negligible when judge against the regular syringes and vials. And the best part is they are available online.

Mike Bate - About Author:
Mr. Michael Vishion is a freelance writer. He writes on a variety of topics for Medical Treatment and Disease. He has extensive knowledge on the topic of diabetes and has had many years of experience and working with diabetic patients.

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