Are you protecting your insulin from heat damage? If not, WHY NOT!

Diabeat it
By Diabeat it Latest Reply 2014-09-26 00:10:30 -0500
Started 2014-09-24 11:04:36 -0500

It's really surprising to me that a lot of diabetic patients don't know that their insulin is a protein base medication and when insulin exceed its storage temperature requirements, bacteria can start to develop in the medication which potentially can cause the insulin to become ineffective or damage. If your insulin is damage at a time when you really need it, consequently this could become a serious or dire situation.

A man that I met at a diabetic support group that my mother attends, lost one of his arm and toe as a result of his insulin going bad. Both occasions, he was on vacation and the weather was hot. He was carrying around his insulin and other diabetic supplies in a black fanny pack. As a result of these horrible experience, he now doesn't leave home without his medicine cooling bag.

I recently bought my mother a medicine cooling bag, actually I bought two from this company (Medactiv USA). I highly recommend that if you are using insulin to get some type of medicine cooling bag. There are several on the market. Below is a short list of great medicine cooling bags that you can choose from. If your insulin is keeping you healthy, why not protect and safeguard it?

5 replies

IronOre 2014-09-26 00:10:30 -0500 Report

well, it is usually not necessary to keep your insulin cool, but don't keep it exposed to heat for a long time.~ read that long sheet of paper that comes with your insulin
As far as I am concerned those cooling "bags" are a waste of money unless you live in a very hot region.
I highly doubt if that man lost a limb due to insulin being exposed to heat, there really is no way one can prove that.
This guy probably works for the products he is pushing here; based on his profile he lives around 15 min from the company office

WDSrockings 2014-09-25 23:14:22 -0500 Report

Hi Diabeat it.
Walter Staton. I Like the ideal of keeping my insulin cool. I would like to get one of those great medicine cooling bags for myself. Thank you for showing me the websites. I am going to try all three and see which ones I like. Thank you again. Walter Staton.

Type1Lou 2014-09-24 13:52:15 -0500 Report

A number of years back my husband and I stopped for a round of golf prior to checking into our summer vacation hotel and left our bags in a hot car. Luckily, I realized that the insulin had probably been damaged by the heat and was able to purchase another replacement vial (at the time it was NPH insulin) at a local pharmacy. Now, I always travel with a cooler. Great tip!

debcox 2014-09-24 11:26:17 -0500 Report

Interesting. I just flew from AZ to FL and was told not to worry about the insulin per my doctor. I carried it in a side pocket of my backpack and it was fine. I'm going to CA tomorrow for the weekend and will again carry it in my backpack.