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Mealtime Insulin Concerns

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Taking just one insulin shot a day can be a lot to handle, but adding numerous mealtime insulin shots on top of this can be downright scary and overwhelming.
Privacy, convenience, and low blood sugar are the three main concerns that people have about mealtime insulin. Let's address each of these in order.
First… privacy. Pretend you're a secret agent. Always keep your eyes open when you're out and about, taking mental (or even physical) notes of safe places to take your injections. This can be in your car, the clean restrooms at a certain coffee chain (which, for legal reasons, we can't mention by name - but you know which one we're talking about), or other spaces where you feel comfortable (like a private office, for example).
Second… convenience. If you're currently using the traditional bottle and syringe method, look into insulin pens. They're discrete, they contain multiple doses, and they're portable, so you can take them wherever you go!
Third… low blood sugar. The fact is, rapid-acting insulins, taken before a meal, are actually less likely to result in low blood sugar than older types of insulin. Bottom line… they're SAFER!
Finally, most fear (both with diabetes and life in general) comes from simply "not knowing." So, rely on the people who do know! Your diabetes team can help educate you on when and how to take your injections. They can also teach you how often to test your blood sugar levels, and how to time your insulin shots with your meals.
Being prepared and having a clear plan can make dealing with mealtime insulin much less scary.

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