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For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

 
     

Less than 1 week

 
 

2%

 

  10

 
     

1 to 2 weeks

 
 

12%

 

  62

 
     

2 to 3 weeks

 
 

15%

 

  75

 
     

3 to 4 weeks

 
 

41%

 

  200

 
     

4 to 6 weeks

 
 

19%

 

  93

 
     

More than 6 weeks

 
 

7%

 

  37

 


Total votes: 477

 

For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

Poll dates: November 6 - 13, 2005
Total Votes: 477

Children with diabetes often use very little insulin. While insulin makers recommend discarding an opened vial of insulin after one month, parents -- and adults with type 1 diabetes -- often find themselves wondering why they're throwing out what looks like perfectly good insulin.

Just over one quarter of respondents (26%) report using a vial of insulin for more than four weeks, down from 59% in 1999, when we last ran this poll question. Since then, there has been a significant reduction in the number of weeks for which people report using a vial of insulin.

If you find unexplained high blood sugar levels after using a vial of insulin for four weeks, you should discard it because the insulin may no longer be effective.

This table compares the results of this poll with the previous results:

Answer   Nov 2005   Mar 1999  
Less than 1 week   1%   1%
1 to 2 weeks   12%   5%
2 to 3 weeks   15%   5%
3 to 4 weeks   41%   26%
4 to 6 weeks   19%   26%
More than 6 weeks   7%   33%

Looking at this more closely, we see a seven day decrease in the number of days that people use a vial of insulin since March 1999. Assumptions are shown in vial days per vote.

November 2005
Weeks Vial Days Number Reporting Total Vial Days
Less than 1 week 4 10 40
1 to 2 weeks 11 62 682
2 to 3 weeks 18 75 1,350
3 to 4 weeks 25 200 5,000
4 to 6 weeks 35 93 3,255
More than 6 weeks 42 37 1,554
Average Vial Days 25

March 1999
Weeks Vial Days Number Reporting Total Vial Days
Less than 1 week 4 17 68
1 to 2 weeks 11 44 484
2 to 3 weeks 18 44 792
3 to 4 weeks 25 195 4,875
4 to 6 weeks 35 199 6,965
More than 6 weeks 42 248 10,416
Average Vial Days 32

You can download this data in Microsoft Excel format

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