Insulin syringes: An elegant, simple solution

Insulin syringes are used to draw the proper amount of insulin from a vial for injection. Syringes are currently the most popular way to take insulin injections. You simply insert the needle of the syringe into the vial of insulin, draw up the correct dose, and then give yourself the shot. You can mix insulin by drawing up first one type, then the other, into the same syringe. That results in only one injection.

A wide variety of options for insulin syringes

Syringes come in several different lengths and gauges. If you are taking a large dose of insulin, a thicker needle might be recommended. Thinner needles usually cause less pain, but keep in mind that your pain tolerance and perception might be very different from that of someone else, so a thicker needle could be just fine for you. Diabetes Forecast suggests that heavier patients should consider a longer needle in order to ensure proper insulin delivery, while thinner patients should go with shorter needles to prevent injecting insulin into the muscles.

8 advantages of using an insulin syringe

There are numerous reasons to use insulin syringes. Here are just a few of the best ones:

  1. They are the cheapest form of insulin delivery available.
  2. Insulin syringes are very simple, self-explanatory and easy to use.
  3. There are very few moving parts, so the syringe is more reliable.
  4. They are available at almost every pharmacy in the United States.
  5. Insulin syringes can be used for any type of insulin, and can make mixing insulin easy.
  6. Most insurance companies cover the cost of insulin syringes.
  7. They are available in the length or gauge you need.
  8. The needles have special coatings that lessen the pain of injections.

Insulin syringes are available in different capacities, which helps if you are injecting very small or very large doses of insulin. There are also special syringes available for those who have trouble with dexterity or eyesight. Finally, keep in mind that those who do not have health insurance might be able to get their syringes at a discounted rate through manufacturers, pharmacy programs or the doctor's office. If you are having trouble affording any of your prescriptions of insulin supplies, speak with your doctor about programs that might be able to help.

About Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee began writing about diabetes long before she was diagnosed in 1998. A professional writer with over two decades of experience, Shannon has covered topics from medical and health to relationships and is the author of several published novels.

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