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I don’t think my patients / my customers need Timesulin. They take their shot before dinner - how hard is it to forget?

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2013 11:54AM CET
We have this discussion often. And it’s easy to see how someone who doesn't actually live with diabetes could get this wrong.
 
Picture these scenarios:
You’re getting ready for dinner… You’re getting ready to go to sleep…
You're cooking food on the stove
You set the table for dinner
Pour a glass of wine
Take your insulin shot
Sit down to eat dinner
You have a shower
You brush your teeth
You take your insulin shot
You get into bed
                                                         OR
You're cooking food on the stove
Pour a glass of wine
Take your insulin shot
You set the table for dinner
Sit down to eat dinner
You brush your teeth
You take your insulin shot
You have a shower
You get into bed
                                                          OR
You're cooking food on the stove
You set the table for dinner
Take your insulin shot
Pour a glass of wine
Sit down to eat dinner
You take your insulin shot
You brush your teeth
You have a shower
You get into bed


Same process, but no one takes their shot immediately before they take their first bite or before they close their eyes to go to sleep. People tend to take their shot in the fifteen minutes leading up to eating or getting into bed and that's where the confusion often sets in. As you sit down to dinner, you've been chatting with your friends or watching TV...you're distracted. As you are about to take that first bite of your meal or close your eyes to go to sleep you think, "Ugh...did I take my shot or not?"

The thing with insulin injections is that people with diabetes take around four a day - they don't hurt and for the most part they are not traumatic. They simply become part of daily life and if you take four injections a day, that's around 1,500 injections a year. The biggest challenge is that it takes a while before you start getting the signals telling you that your blood glucose levels are rising or dropping...and by that time it's too late. So if you think you did take your shot and you DO NOT take one, your blood sugar levels will shoot up. If you think you didn't take it and you take ANOTHER one, your blood sugar levels will plummet - and this could lead to coma or even death, particularly if you are going to sleep after taking an accidental double dose of insulin. It's dangerous and causes a lot of anxiety to people.

Timesulin offers a simple solution that allows people to glance at their insulin pen and see, 'Yes! I took my insulin injection six minutes ago', or 'No, it's been five hours since my last shot, so I still need to take it now'.

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