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From Delaware, USA:

My son was diagnosed at age 5; he is now 10. The 5 years he has been taking insulin he has used B-D Ultrafine needles. We recently tried the B-D short needle and we found his blood sugars started rising. Could this be that using the longer needles for five years the insulin was in deeper and absorbing differently than with the short needle? Anyone else notice this problem?


We've heard of this from a few patients. To check it out, he could use the long needle one day, then short needle the next, and continue alternating for a few days, to see if the change in blood sugar really is due to the needles.

If your son likes the short needle, his insulin can be adjusted to his needs. Discuss the situation with his diabetes team.


Original posting 16 Feb 97


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