Weather and Insulin

re1ndeer
By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-07-23 00:11:34 -0500
Started 2011-06-07 19:41:52 -0500

With current heat wave that's going across America, those of us with Insulin pens need to be very careful.

Insulin should not be in tempertures over 80 degrees. When the weather is this warm, I put my insulin in the fridge.

If I'm going somewhere and need to take my insulin along, I have a very small cooler which I will place all my diabetic supplies in.

What do you do?


22 replies

RAINDANCER1950
RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-22 18:58:04 -0500 Report

PLEASE !!! PLEASE !!! DO BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR INSULIN ,IN THIS HEAT…MY AUNT WAS IN I.C.U..AFTER USING HER PEN …WHEN IT WAS LEFT IN HER MOTORHOME ALL DAY W/O COOLER…ONE OF THE GRANDKIDS…REMOVED IT GETTING A SODA…SHE WENT INTO KIDNEY FAILURE…BUT HAS RECOVERED NOW…IT WAS A SITUATION THAT DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN…SHE WAS LUCKY AT 90 , SHE BOUNCED BACK…OTHERS HAVE NOT RECOVERED WITHOUT LASTING EFFECTS !

ston3xc
ston3xc 2011-06-09 15:15:49 -0500 Report

Once you open a new vial or pen of insulin, it will last for about a month without refrigeration, although in hot weather, it should be kept in a dark bag or case, out of the sun if you're traveling. Sometimes traveling with a cooler , even a small one, can be inconvienient. As long as you know you will use all of the insulin within the time limit, it should be fine without constant refrigeration. I do my fair share of traveling, and have not had any problems with my insulin going bad because of the heat as long as it is kept out of direct sunlight.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-06-09 18:45:29 -0500 Report

Thank you for your comments, you are right, that it should be placed in a dark bag or case. But, for me just to be safe I like to place mine in a small cooler.

Because, even in a dark case, or bag if accidently left in a car, the internal heat in the car can go over 100 degrees in a short time. And then it would "cook" the insulin.

ston3xc
ston3xc 2011-06-09 19:52:13 -0500 Report

I, personally, keep my insulin in my purse when I know I will be dining away from home. Since carrying my purse around with me is a habit, it goes everywhere I go. Otherwise, it's safe at home.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-08 12:34:05 -0500 Report

I live in Maine Dont got to even think of it lol lol just lost the last of the snow lol
But on vacation I keep my insulin in a cooler
Best wishes
Harlen

realsis77
realsis77 2011-06-08 06:43:09 -0500 Report

Hi. I live in a desert area of California. Our highest temps get to 110 degrees. This is Not abnormal for our weather. I keep my insulin pens and insulin in the fridge UNTIL I start to use them. Once I'm using them I keep them at room tempature. Our house stays around 70 degrees tops around 65 usual. I always perfered to inject my insulin at room temp it hurts a lot less this way! I've NEVER had any problems with my insulin degrading. HOWEVER, if I go anywhere I carry my insulin in a handy -cool pack carring case. The gel packs that are used are frozen in the freezer and they slip into a special pocket. This case is MADE to house insulin and syringes. Its from MEDPORT and its a wonderful way to carry and keep insulin cool! It has two large pockets that the gel packs slip into and it keeps the insulin nice and cool when I have to take my insulin outside the house! Its really a wonderful handy kit! This is what I do when I travel outside the house.because our weather is sooo hot its been a invaluable tool for keeping insulin cool. Funny thing, we usually have the Hot weather now we are having cool weather with this climate switch. I miss my warm weather! Anyway, this works well for me!

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-06-08 06:52:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply. I like the idea of a gel case, I'm going to have to look that up on the 'net. I usually use a small cooler (bag) as it has pockets to carry my meter, strips. lancets, etc. All in one handy carrying case.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-06-08 09:06:48 -0500 Report

The case was ordered off the internet from MEDPORT it also has room for my meter, strips insulin pen, insulin vile, a needle clippper, a built in bio hazzard bag, my pen needles, alcohol swabs, syringes, and I use it on a daily basis just to organize my supplies. They have many to choose from. I don't know what id do without mine. It has two gel packs that slip into handy pockets just made for diabetics! Its absoultely wonderful! Just go to the Medport site and you can order off the site. I got the medium size because of all the compartments and bio bag! It has elastic to hold the insulins both pen and regular! I can't say enough good stuff about it. It has been a God send for me and if I remember correctly with shipping it was only about 28.00 dollars! Very worth it to stay organized and be able to take it on the go! Do look into it! You will be pleasently suprised at the great cases they have for diabetics. Make sure and get the one with the extras compartments in it! I love love love my case! :)

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-06-08 09:44:14 -0500 Report

I took a look And I can't decide which one I want. The on the go organizer has the gel pack to keep cool (but kind of caters to the syringe and needle),
The on the go pen organizer is everything I need, but it does not have the gel pack.
Normally the pens can go if the temps are lower than 80 just like that. But, now with the weather at 90 or above, the insulin needs to be cool if traveling.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-06-08 09:35:00 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will take a look, sounds totally interesting. Especially if it can hold everything.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-06-08 09:49:07 -0500 Report

Yes that's what I love about the case! It hold everything neatly in its own compartments! This is why I use it daily. I just refill my supplies when I run low! Its also a very durable nylon ! I've used mine daily for a year now and its holding up wonderfully! Still looks new!

ravenmoon33
ravenmoon33 2011-06-07 20:08:55 -0500 Report

same thing goes for test strips. they will not function properly if stored outside the recommended tempatures (check the info that comes with them). I never leave them in a car, in the trunk, or anywhere it can get hot. since i carry them in my purse, it's a good reminder to take it in with you and not leave it in the car to overheat (melts the lipstick too, bad deal, lol)

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-06-07 21:53:00 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply, good advice, all diabetic supplies should be in proper carry items, when weather is extremely hot or cold.

GraceofGod
GraceofGod 2011-06-09 15:23:29 -0500 Report

About two years ago Avon had these really great diabetic supply zippered bags. They had gel packs and I used them when traveling. It was great because the pens stayed cool for hours.

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