Insulin can be given in different ways including syringes, insulin pens and insulin pumps. The insulin dose can be flexible and adjusted according to your lifestyle and is likely to be adjusted throughout your life. Learning to adjust your insulin is an important part of your diabetes care.
Depending on the type of insulin and individual preference, insulin is available in different ways:
Insulin cartridges to be used with reusable insulin pens (with needles)
Pre –filled insulin pen device (with needles), this is filled with insulin and is disposed when empty
Insulin vials (bottles) to be used with insulin syringes with needles
There are many types of Insulin devices that are available, the type of device that you have been prescribed is specific to the type of insulin you have and the dosage of insulin that you may be prescribed.
Pre-filled disposable pens are also available.Special devices may be available for people who have problems holding a pen or syringe. Pen Needles Available in 5mm, 6mm, 8mm and 12.7mm.
Insulin Devices Yorkshire Diabetes Website
Insulin Pens available in the UK Diabetes UK
Insulin Delivery Devices by Novo Nordisk
If you are going on holiday it is important to store your insulin appropriately, have a look at our travel advice for insulin and insulin storage.
If you are driving you need to take extra precautions with your insulin and storage Avoid storing insulin in the glove compartment or boot- invest in a cool box
Your insulin regime will be discussed and agreed with you to suit your particular needs by the diabetes team.