How to Store Insulin

Pancreas is an organ in the body and it is located immediately behind the stomach and it functions to release insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that helps manage the body’s sugar level and metabolism. When we eat, our intestine breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, a type of sugar. This glucose goes directly into our bloodstream making our blood sugar level rise.

In this case, the pancreas releases insulin according to the level of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream, which then converts blood sugar into useful energy. It is also responsible for storing excess sugar the muscles, fat cells, and liver to use later when the body needs it. This is how insulin works if we have a healthy pancreas.

Therefore, storage of insulin is very important. Here are some tips for insulin storage:

  • Store your insulin that you intend to use for a week or a few days at room temperature.
  • Extra insulin should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • Insulin in vials should be stored in room temperature for a moth while pen insulin should be kept at room temperature once in use.
  • Insulin should not be stored in a freezer or excessive cold or in direct sunlight or heat.
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