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