IDS Monthly Survey: August 2022
LAST MONTH’S SURVEY QUESTION:
In last month’s edition of Diabetes Bites, we asked what your experience has been with using insulin that has been exposed to heat. Here’s what you had to say:
17% I have seen insulin spoil, but only when exposed to EXTREME heat.
30% Insulin seems to spoil when exposed to even mild heat.
19% Insulin appears to lose potency but not go completely bad with heat exposure.
6% Heat has never affected the potency of my insulin.
28% I never allow my insulin to be exposed to heat, so I don’t know.
Talk about a lack of consensus! Experiences clearly vary. But given that most users have experienced a loss of insulin effectiveness due to heat exposure, it certainly warrants attention – especially with heat waves baking many parts of the world. If you must expose your insulin to warm/hot temperatures for more than a few minutes, precautions should be taken. This may include the use of a cooling pouch such as the Frio Insulin Pump Cooling Wallet or the VIVI insulin pen cap; keeping insulin out of direct sunlight, away from major heat sources and out of parked cars; and changing out insulin vials/pens/pump cartridges immediately after heat exposure.
THIS MONTH’S NEW SURVEY QUESTION: