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How should I store diabetes medications and supplies?

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Some diabetes drug makers suggest storing the insulin in the refrigerator. But injecting cold insulin into the body can be painful. Many diabetes educators suggest keeping insulin at room temperature while it's in use. Many people keep diabetes supplies in a kitchen or bedroom drawer.  Keep extra supplies on hand. Store extra insulin bottles in the fridge and let a bottle warm to room temperature before you need to use it. Don't freeze insulin or store it in a hot location. Keep test strips dry, and don't let them get wet or very hot or cold. 

SOURCES:

FDA: "Glucose Meters and Diabetes Management."

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety Information."

The Hormone Foundation: "Diabetes Lifestyle and Prevention."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA: "Glucose Meters and Diabetes Management."

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety Information."

The Hormone Foundation: "Diabetes Lifestyle and Prevention."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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