Diabetes Queensland is offering an important new learning
opportunity for anyone using insulin or about to start using
Introduced earlier this year, Living with Insulin is a
free, three-hour session for about a dozen people designed to
clarify and refresh your knowledge about insulin use.
It also busts some of the myths that evolve when you're using
insulin every day.
Diabetes Queensland pharmacist and credentialled diabetes
educator (CDE), Donna Itzstein, one of the health professionals who
presents the course, said people who attend Living with
Insulin can gain the confidence to live easily with
"This class updates and refreshes everything you've been taught
about insulin use," Donna said. "There's also information that some
people have never been told."
Michelle Tong, also a Diabetes Queensland Living with
Insulin facilitator and CDE, said people living with diabetes
are told a lot of things that sometimes get forgotten in the daily
routines of self-care.
"Importantly, this course reinforces some of the things they've
heard but haven't practiced," Michelle said.
She gave leaving a needle on the insulin pen until the pen is
finished as an example of people getting into habits that can cause
"The needle becomes blunt which makes injections painful and
increases the risk of skin infections. It also increases the risk
of the insulin degrading because leaving the needle in the pen
constantly exposes the sensitive insulin to air," Michelle
"It's important to put the needle on just before use and remove
Donna said people should be aware reusing the needle increases
the risk of lipohypertrophy, a lump under the skin caused by the
accumulation of extra fat at the site of insulin injections. It can
be unsightly, mildly painful, and may change the absorption of
"So much of the course highlights habits that we develop over
years of self-treatment. You may have been taught the right thing,
but the habits you slip into over the years can take on a life of
their own," Donna said.
"Living with Insulin is like a refresher session on a
vital area of diabetes management. You're surrounded by people who
also use insulin every day so it's a friendly and supportive
environment where you can also learn from your peers."
Living with Insulin is part of an ambitious push by
Diabetes Queensland to increase courses throughout Queensland for
people living with diabetes.
The following Living with Insulin courses have been
scheduled until the end of this financial year:
Sherwood May 22
Kingaroy May 31
Chermside June 26
There will be new dates added as soon as venues are confirmed,
so watch for an event coming to your area.