Health Tip: Store Insulin Properly

-- 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 temperatures.
  • Never keep insulin in the car, in direct sunlight or in the freezer.
  • Check the bottle's expiration date, and discard any insulin that's expired.
  • 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.

Posted: January 2012


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