Health Tip: Store Insulin Properly01/20/12
(HealthDay News) -- Insulin is a lifesaver for many people with
diabetes, but it must be stored correctly.
The American Diabetes Association offers these guidelines for
proper storage of insulin:
- Insulin typically is stored in the refrigerator, but it may be
more painful when injected this way. Insulin stored at room
temperature will last about a month.
- Don't keep your insulin in extremely hot or extremely cold
- Never keep insulin in the car, in direct sunlight or in the
- Check the bottle's expiration date, and discard any insulin
- Inspect the bottle before inserting the syringe to make sure
the insulin looks as it should.
- Don't use insulin that has formed any crystals or clumps.
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