since the weather change, ive noticed my room tempaature insulin has been real cold in the morning.

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-10-29 16:18:52 -0500
Started 2010-10-28 10:28:09 -0500

Because of the weather change I've been having to warm up my insulin with my body heat in the morning or it really stings due to being cold. Has any one else expirenced that with their morning insulin? I can really tell the difference now. How about you?

21 replies

JaneSPH 2010-10-29 11:43:22 -0500 Report

I've been taking insulin for 48+ years and have always kept it in the fridge. I let it sit on the counter for 10 or more minutes to warm a little before using. Did this even when I lived in cold Connecticut. Just 10 minutes or so and it was easy to use. Try that…see if it works for you. I live in Arizona now so nothing stays out of the fridge and keeps for long.

GabbyPA 2010-10-29 15:23:46 -0500 Report

I am not the one who is having the issue, it is realsis77. I don't use insulin at this time, though I have asked my doctor about it.

realsis77 2010-10-29 16:18:52 -0500 Report

I'm real glad my doctor decided to put me on insulin. I feel sooo much better! I had nooo energey before insulin! Now I'm better :)

realsis77 2010-10-29 12:03:57 -0500 Report

Hummm? I was told to keep it at room temp only the one I'm using and fridge the rest and itl last 28 days so that's what I do. Its worked out pretty well so far. I use up my pen before the 28 days and my humulin is replaced by insurance every 28 days. Its never gone bad on me yet! This would be a good discussion because a lot of people keep it out of the fridge.

kdroberts 2010-10-29 12:29:14 -0500 Report

That's what you are supposed to do with most pens. Some of the mixes have different requirements and expirations but generally pens in use should be stored out of the fridge and are good for 28-30 days depending on the type of insulin.

Finchette 2010-10-29 02:36:21 -0500 Report

I can't get my photo to move to this square. It's in photos. I'll add more later. Anyway, yes, even my glucose moniter gets to cold. I have to tuck it into a warm body crease before it will work properly.

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dazzler70 2010-10-28 20:37:01 -0500 Report

Wow room temperature insulin since when I was always told to keep my insulin pens in my fridge.

realsis77 2010-10-29 03:46:33 -0500 Report

Nope, once opened there good for 28 days at room temp. Also cold insulin burns bad ! You keep the un opened insulin in the fridge. Ask your pharmacist or doc if you don't believe me.the reason I knew was my lantus pens came with the instructions on the box, since then I've spoken with many many diabetics. We all keep our insulin at room temp . If its being used.. cold insulin hurts worse. Remember it stays just fine at room temp. So now you know! You will be a lot more comfortable now that you know. So Get it out of the fridge if your using it! you Will be a lot more comfortable! You won't regret it!

dazzler70 2010-10-29 11:31:31 -0500 Report

OK I'm gonna try that for sure cuz your right Lantus burns badly thank you so much for this helpful information

kdroberts 2010-10-29 11:39:51 -0500 Report

Pens that are in use should not be stored in the fridge, it's one of the manufacturers requirements. Only unopened ones (and vials) should be kept in there. Here's the specifics for Lantus.

Lantus is more acidic than other insulins so it's not uncommon for it to sting and the colder it is the more potential to sting it seems to have.

vheeks 2010-10-28 19:49:01 -0500 Report

i am only on oral meds right now.

realsis77 2010-10-29 04:08:38 -0500 Report

That's Good! I'm Glad that's working for you. When I was only on oral meds I might as well as been eating candy! They didn't work at all for me! Now I take meds and two different insulin a 24 hour insulin and one to cover meals at a sliding scale.I'm under good control now with the lantus 24 hour insulin. Insulin has been a God send for me! I Feel much better now..

GabbyPA 2010-10-28 19:47:58 -0500 Report

Maybe you need to sleep with it to keep it warm in the winter. LOL...just kidding. I imagine your house is cooler and for sure is dryer, so maybe there is a warmer place you can keep it so it's not so cold in the morning for you.

realsis77 2010-10-29 03:50:16 -0500 Report

My house is cold! Also my heater is broken so it doesn't help any.yeah room temp has gotten a lot cooler lately!

jayabee52 2010-10-29 03:53:38 -0500 Report

LoL Gotta keep mine in the fridge so it will warm up from room temp ———NOT! LoL!

realsis77 2010-10-29 04:16:30 -0500 Report

Your funny! I'm really sensitive too cold insulin I guess. Actually lantus burns no matter what! But it works so well for me, I deal with it.

Rick0001 2010-10-28 20:16:32 -0500 Report

I have so much body fat, that when I injected myself with insulin I didn't need to warm it up. Actually I have a high tolerance to pain and actually had my doctor worried that if I had a heart attack or angina I would not know it till it was too late. It is the price we males pay because of our parents. "Oh here let mommy kiss it and make better. Now go out and play." Control of pain is a learned response. At least my parents were unresponsive to other's physical pain. So it goes on for generations of adults. Keeping insulin warmed up beyond injection is a risky thing as the insulin (nowadays) is living organism and easily spoil.

realsis77 2010-10-29 03:58:01 -0500 Report

I only warm it to body temp.yeah I'm a tiny type 2 at 110 pounds so i don't have that much fat i feel the insulin for sure! Also insulin keeps just fine at room temp for 28 days. I Learned from my pharmacist too keep out the insulin, I'm using and fridge the rest. It won't sting as badly.