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How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trudy Dec 30, 2012. 9 Replies

I know that opened insulin is good for at least 30 days at room temperature, but does anyone have advice on how long I can keep opened insulin in the fridge?Reason I ask is that I have started using…Continue

T1 and breast milk production

Started this discussion. Last reply by garidan Dec 21, 2011. 6 Replies

I was wondering if anyone had any information or advice about breastfeeding/breast milk production and supply as a T1.Despite my best efforts, I am not getting much milk out for my baby and was…Continue

'Your A1C is 4.9, so your diabetes is not very well controlled is it...?'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Masercola Oct 25, 2011. 28 Replies

By now I should be used to ignorance, even from medical professionals. But this encounter today really took the cake.I was at the hospital getting my 28th week scan. I was particularly anxious about…Continue

Spaghetti squash success!

Started this discussion. Last reply by BadMoonT2 Sep 23, 2011. 1 Reply

I'd been hearing all sorts of great things about spaghetti squash but unfortunately it's impossible to find here in the UK. Over the winter, I had great results with zucchini carbonara - but much as…Continue


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Lila replied to Deborah's discussion 'Wanted a snickers bar . . . .'
"You were lucky that your cafeteria had the caprese option but that's not always the case everywhere. Actually when I saw the title of your post I looked up the nutritional information for the fun size Snickers bars. They only contain 10.5g carb…"
Mar 6, 2013
Lila commented on Ali's blog post 'To pump or not to pump?'
"Please don't be depressed. The weight gain is not a result of you doing anything wrong, but of your body recovering - and that is a good thing! I know that the 'free' weight loss before a T1 diagnosis feels like such a great thing but…"
Feb 18, 2013
Lila commented on neenee vitollo's blog post 'type 1diabetes and pregnancy'
"Pregnancy means you put on weight - this is normal and expected. And it means having to take a ton more insulin (1 unit to 1 gram carb in the last few months of my own pregnancy). From your other posts, it sounds like both of these things would be…"
Jan 1, 2013
Trudy replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"Hi Gerri. I've used both a pen and a vial for my Apidra, and continue to have the problem of it's quitting early all year long. I've speculated that neither the pens or vials are kept at the proper temperature during transportation to…"
Dec 30, 2012
Gerri replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"Trudy, I've used Apidra for 6 weeks & longer. I keep all insulin refrigerated, or in a Frio & don't inject air into the vial. When I used Lantus, it was a goner by day 28. Levemir lasts about 7-8 weeks."
Dec 30, 2012
Trudy replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"Hi Lila. Good advice to let it go until it quits, but... when you get a high, don't think "I wonder if that was my fault". Just change it. I had that problem today, my Apidra has the habit of quitting before 28 days."
Dec 30, 2012
HPNpilot replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
Dec 30, 2012
Brian (bsc) replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"I have to tell you, in the end, you will nbeed to just get over the feeling of being inefficient or costing money in your diabetes care. It is expensive, and stuff will get wasted. But if you do everything in your power to be efficient and not…"
Dec 30, 2012
Betty J replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"Spock, I believe it says 28 days after opening. Lila I think that 28 days includes in or out of the fridge. When I'm not sure about medicines of any kind I always ask my pharmacist they have the scoop on drug information."
Dec 29, 2012
Spock replied to Lila's discussion 'How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?'
"What does the packaging say? Most online sources say 28 days, unopened, in the fridge."
Dec 29, 2012
Lila posted a discussion

How long can I keep opened insulin in the fridge?

I know that opened insulin is good for at least 30 days at room temperature, but does anyone have advice on how long I can keep opened insulin in the fridge?Reason I ask is that I have started using Insulatard in my fight against dawn phenomenon. So far so good but the thing is, I only use 1 unit a day and the pen contains 300 units. If I keep it at room temperature, I'll have to throw it out with more than 250 units still in it.I don't have to pay for my insulin but I hate throwing it out like…See More
Dec 29, 2012
Lila replied to brownchops's discussion 'article in daily mirror.'
"I also eat all those foods but can you imagine five portions of fruit a day? Like 5 glasses of fruit juice? Might as well have 5 servings of full-sugar Coke, it amounts to the same effect on blood sugar. The point I was trying to make is that all…"
Dec 11, 2012
Lila replied to brownchops's discussion 'article in daily mirror.'
"Just as shocking as Diabetes UK's advice to eat starchy carbohydrates (it recommends 1/3 of your plate should be starchy carbs) and to aim for five portions of 'fruit and vegetables' a day, one portion for example being 'a banana…"
Dec 10, 2012
Lila replied to Leslie65's discussion 'Severe Insulin Resistance'
"Hi Leslie, I am also very insulin-resistant so I understand where you are coming from! I second Helen's comment that it isn't a competition. Some people are insulin-sensitive, some people are insulin-resistant. It's just the luck of…"
Dec 7, 2012
Lila commented on Sue's blog post 'ABC's The Neighbors Christmas Episode That Aired 12/5/12'
"On the other hand, it *is* true that the main cause of foot/lower limb amputations in the world is [uncontrolled] diabetes. I understand people feeling upset but there's no avoiding this uncomfortable fact..."
Dec 7, 2012
Lila commented on Jessica's blog post 'Chocolate and Diet Coke will be the death of me!!! :)'
"I use pre-measured 15g doses of carb. So for example, my fridge is filled with mini cans of Coke which come in at 15g carb. When I have a low, I down a can, go away and wait 15 minutes, and then come back and test. BTW, Kit Kats are great but not…"
Dec 5, 2012

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
To benefit from the collective wisdom of a supportive group.
Date diagnosed
June 2, 2010
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.3% (June 2012)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots, Diet and Exercise

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At 10:10pm on October 18, 2012, Melitta said…

Happy birthday!

At 6:56pm on July 30, 2012, Super_sally said…

Hi Lila.
I was very lucky with my newest baby. As soon as she stopped screaming (which took a long time), she latched immediately and pretty much likes to be attached a lot of the time.

Considering you've got your daughter to latch now, you can begin to experiment. I am 'lucky' that I am well endowed. Makes almost any position doable. One I really like is side lying on the bed. Baby and I both are on our side tummy to tummy and she will latch onto the lower side boob. As we are both well supported by the bed, this could be the position to try.

You can also stop offering her the bottle first when you feed her. Although don't let her get so hungry before you feed that she is upset - she may be too frustrated to cooperate. But only give it if she still seems hungry after bf directly. Their instinct is to feed. Don't worry if she seems to play a bit or come on and off. Just relax and take your time.
Also try semilying, with baby accross your tummy. Let her play and experiment.

You are really my hero! Pumping for 7 months so many times a day! Super job! I pump generally 2-3 times a day and feed baby in between, but particularly at night we just directly feed.

At 5:11pm on February 6, 2012, LaGuitariste said…

Thanks for the thought. Very kind. Per my co-pays, you'll be throwing $63 in the trash, which is a darn shame when there are people in the world with no insulin. Very sad, but what else can you do? Unless I know someone very well personally (e.g. my sister, who is a nurse) I would never never feel comfortable taking even one pill of their medication. The risk is too great...which is a shame, eh?

At 7:31pm on January 1, 2012, Linda G said…


At 7:25pm on November 22, 2011, Natalie ._c- said…

Wow!! 33 weeks! It's starting to seem like reality, not just a distant possibility! I can hardly wait to see pictures! :-)

At 4:40am on October 18, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lila, dear friend ♥
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going ♥ Do you have any questions or comments?
At 3:47am on October 18, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Happy,Happy Birthday,Lila. I wish for you a most wonderful day, ENJOY!!!
At 2:53am on October 18, 2011, Peetie said…
Happy Birthday Lila! Hope you have a great day! I'm glad you are on here and posting because I have learned a great deal about the different types through reading your discussions. How appropriate that you would have your birthday during LADA Awareness Week! Cheers! Joanne
At 1:28am on October 18, 2011, brokenpole said…
Happy Birthday, Lila!! Hope you have a wonderful day and get to have some fun. Enjoy your special day.
At 5:06pm on August 11, 2011, Linda G said…
Oh man Lila....I'm SO SO happy for you (move over kitty!!)
The hormonal change is crazy....unbelievable how much insulin you now need!!!!
You'll have to post belly pics ;)
Luv ya sweetie....linda



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