InsuJet and Blood Sugar Control: Living as if Diabetes Is Not There
Time to read 8 min
Time to read 8 min
It’s hard to find one of us who doesn’t know at least one person who suffers from diabetes. Science is yet to find out the exact cause of this disease, but one thing is for sure: science is fighting back more than ever.
Among the latest introductions to insulin therapy is the InsuJet needle-free insulin administrator. In this post, we’ll understand normal blood glucose levels and the importance of staying within the range of those levels.
We’ll also examine how the needle-free jet injection can help achieve the ideal blood sugar control as if you’re just having another midday snack.
Proper blood sugar control keeps your blood sugar levels within a healthy range. This isn’t just important for a diabetic person and a healthy one.
It’s common knowledge that ingesting sugar can give you energy, and it’s easy to think that ingesting too much sugar means even more energy, but that isn’t true for reasons we’re about to explain.
Both high and low blood sugar levels could mean trouble both for the healthy and the diabetic person.
Normal blood sugar is measured based on two instances: the fasting blood glucose levels (before a meal) and the post-meal blood glucose.
As a healthy person, when you haven’t eaten anything for a few hours, your blood glucose should be anywhere between 4.0 and 5.4 mmol/L (72 to 99 mg/dL). This number could be raised to 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL) two hours after having a meal.
It’s not uncommon to see 8 mmol/L (145 mg/dL) after a meal in healthy people, but that often means that they’ve ingested way too much sugar, which still isn’t healthy.
The numbers are a bit higher for diabetic patients. They can go up to 7 mmol/L (126 mg/dL) before meals in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
After meals, patients with type 1 diabetes can go up to 9 mmol/L (162 mg/dlL) since their pancreas barely secretes any insulin. Type 2 diabetes patients have an average of a little lower at 8.5 mmol/L (155 mg/dL).
There’s also the borderline or prediabetic patient who has a fasting blood glucose of 5.5 to 6.9 mmol/L (100 to 125 mg/dL) and post-meal blood glucose of 7.8 to 11.0 mmol/L (140 to 199 mg/dL).
Keeping your blood sugar within the normal range means that your body will function normally (providing it doesn’t suffer from other diseases).
Having high blood sugar levels can cause a variety of problems. The main issue is nerve damage, which could affect the nerves of your hands and feet and cause a condition named peripheral neuropathy.
The nerve damage could also extend to your eyes, causing blurry vision and other sight problems because of a condition known as diabetic retinopathy.
Left uncontrolled for longer durations, high blood glucose levels could cause a life-threatening condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. The constant rise of blood sugar will make your liver break down fat for fuel, which releases a byproduct known as a ketone.
A build-up of too many ketones can lead to a diabetic coma and can be fatal.
Alternatively, lower blood sugar levels mean that your body doesn’t have enough energy to operate. That means all your organs will receive less nutrition, which can also cause permanent damage.
Diabetic patients suffer from increased blood glucose. The reason can be the cells’ inability to utilise the body’s insulin, which is known as type 2 diabetes. This type can be managed primarily using an insulin-resistance diet.
The more difficult scenario is with type 1 diabetes, where the body’s insulin is insufficient to allow the cells to utilise the glucose in the bloodstream.
These patients must rely on external insulin, which used to rely on insulin syringes and insulin pens, until the introduction of the InsuJet
According to a recent 2023 study in the Radboud University Medical Center, the InsuJet needle-free injection device delivers an increased insulin efficacy for diabetic patients.
There’s a long list of reasons for that, but we’ve gathered the most important ones.
Nobody is fond of needles, and it’s often a bothersome experience when you know that your skin needs to be pierced to have some medications administered to your body.
This “bothersome experience” is a straight-up nightmare to some people, who fear needles so much that they develop Trypanophobia or needle phobia.
This problem was “somewhat” mediated by the introduction of needle pens with concealed and smaller needles.
However, apprehensive patients still know that there’s a needle somewhere, which leads some patients with extreme phobia to skip some meals just to avoid the needle prick that they have to endure after the meal.
The introduction of the InsuJet provided the end-game solution for this problem: throw the needle away.
The patient would only feel a small pinch on the skin. However, the complete absence of the needle adds to the psychological comfort of the patient.
Fear and anxiety can and will affect the future anticipation of needle pain. Take that out, and the patient will be more than willing to try.
The proper introduction of any medication can be the difference between the body’s ability or inability to utilise that medicine.
Insulin should be injected into the fatty layer between the skin layer and the muscles underneath. That’s why all insulin syringes have a short needle to reach that injection site and administer the insulin.
However, a faulty needle injection can still administer the insulin away from its optimal site. This faulty injection is often fueled by the patient’s anxiety, which could lead to an awkwardly angled injection, eventually leading to a reduced absorption of the insulin.
Also, overweight or obese patients might find needle injections quite difficult, as they will, more often than not, fail to reach the optimum site. Once again, using the InsuJet injector eliminates that problem entirely.
The injector is designed to inject the insulin at a speed that can quickly pierce the skin but also slow down and stop exactly where it’s supposed to. That slow-down action is acquired through the resistance of the skin. This feature works even with patients with a high BMI.
There’s another hidden benefit to the InsuJet here. Sometimes, the diabetic patient would end up with a regular syringe, which will have a longer needle. It’s quite common to inject the insulin too deep in that scenario.
Such insulin injections will be painful since they’ll go into the muscles. Additionally, injecting insulin into the muscles will lead to an absorption that’s too fast, reducing the desired effect of that insulin dose.
This is especially important if the patient is using rapid-acting insulin analogues. Those are already absorbed too quickly, and quickening the absorption speed even more will drastically reduce the effect.
Most insulin vials come in sizes of 3 mL or 10 mL. InsuJet provides adaptors for both sizes, which can help you aspirate the insulin without issues.
There are even cartilage holders for those 3 mL fragile vials to ensure maximum comfort and safety while aspirating.
You don’t even have to worry about doing the maths here. InsuJet provides an all-in-one starter pack that includes everything you’ll need to safely aspirate and administer the insulin.
This pack includes:
Type 1 diabetic patients are no strangers to accidental insulin overdoses, which could quickly drop their blood sugar levels and sometimes risk hypoglycemia.
Among the most common reasons for an insulin overdose is the small scale on the needles, a problem that is virtually non-existent with the InsuJet.
The new injector has a 0-10 scale marking system that allows you to accurately aspirate the dose you need by simply looking at the number you have on the injector.
Further, you can quickly and efficiently eliminate any residual air bubbles using the convenience of the same scale. Here’s how:
According to the International Diabetes Federation, 537 million people are living with diabetes. Since type 1 diabetes is estimated to be 10% of the cases, we have 53,700,000 people with type 1 diabetes worldwide.
Assuming that every patient uses an insulin syringe twice a day (just to name an average), then we have over a terrifying 107 million needles (and their plastic syringes) disposed of every single day!
The InsuJet injector can be used for the same person up to 5,000 times with proper maintenance. That’s around 4-5 years without using a single needle.
Needles don’t only mean pain; they also mean blood. Whenever there’s blood, there’s a chance of infection. This is especially common with patients who become too lazy sometimes and don’t clean the injection site before insulin administration.
This is yet another problem that you don’t have to worry about while using the InsuJet. The absence of needles means that blood will no longer be available as a medium for contamination.
However, this doesn’t exempt the patient from having to clean the administration site. While the insuJet can significantly reduce infection rates, an overly dirty injection site will still pose an infection risk.
Using the InsuJet injector is currently among the best methods to achieve the ideal blood sugar control.
Not only are you taking the needle out of the formula, but you’re also gaining multiple advantages like accurate dosage, accurate injection site, less infection probability, and better insulin absorption. Also, because you can use the same injector up to 5,000 times, you’re doing the environment a huge favour by reducing metal and plastic waste.
Plus, the injector is compatible with all U-100 insulins, allowing for a quick and comfortable transition from syringes or pens to the InsuJet (under your doctor’s supervision). And there’s no need for a battery, which makes it possible to use the injector anywhere and anytime.
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