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Living with diabetes: strength of insulin solutions and insulin injections

        LIVING WITH DIABETES: STRENGTH OF INSULIN SOLUTIONS AND INSULIN INJECTIONS

Strength (or concentration) of insulin solutions
Insulin solutions have 100 units in each ML.
Insulin is a crystalline or powder-like material that has to be dissolved or suspended in fluid before it can be injected. Thus it is supplied in solution (a clear fluid) or in a suspension (a cloudy fluid) ready for injection.
The amount of insulin that has been dissolved in the fluid to make the solution or suspension is clearly important, because this will determine how big a quantity of fluid must be injected.
The concentration of insulin in solutions is designed so that the dose of fluid administered is small enough not to be uncomfortable when injected, but large enough to be measured easily and accurately.
Insulin is measured in 'units'. The number of units that have been dissolved or suspended in one milliliter of fluid is referred to as the strength of the solution of insulin.
All insulins have the same concentration or strength of solution: 100 units in each milliliter. It is distinguished this way because in the past different strengths (such as 40 or 80 strength) were used and 40µ insulin is still available in some countries.

Insulin injections
Most parents feel alarmed at the prospect of having to give injections to their own child. This is natural, as most people think of injections as painful. Perhaps also, measuring a dose of insulin and giving an injection in the right way sounds a formidable task.
In fact, insulin injections, given properly, are almost painless, and the measurement and administration of insulin injections are simple after explanation and practice.

Two should learn
Note that, ideally, two members of the family should learn how to give insulin injections. An occasion might arise when one person is away or ill. If your child is giving his own injections, at least one parent should still learn, both to help him if he should get into difficulties and to cope if he is unable to give it to himself for any reason.

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