advertisement
 

  Back to Polls Poll Results

Poll Results

 

For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

 
     

Less than 1 week

 
 

5%

 

  28

 
     

1 to 2 weeks

 
 

11%

 

  63

 
     

2 to 3 weeks

 
 

15%

 

  85

 
     

3 to 4 weeks

 
 

46%

 

  254

 
     

4 to 6 weeks

 
 

16%

 

  88

 
     

More than 6 weeks

 
 

5%

 

  31

 


Total votes: 549

 

For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

Poll dates: November 5 - 12, 2006
Total Votes: 549

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.

About one in five respondents (21%) report using a vial of insulin for more than four weeks, down from 59% in 1999 and 26% in November 2005.

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 2006   Nov 2005   Mar 1999  
Less than 1 week   5%   1%   1%
1 to 2 weeks   11%   12%   5%
2 to 3 weeks   15%   15%   5%
3 to 4 weeks   46%   41%   26%
4 to 6 weeks   16%   19%   26%
More than 6 weeks   5%   7%   33%

Looking at this more closely, we see an eight 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 2006
Weeks Vial Days Number Reporting Total Vial Days
Less than 1 week 4 28 112
1 to 2 weeks 11 63 693
2 to 3 weeks 18 85 1,530
3 to 4 weeks 25 254 6,350
4 to 6 weeks 35 88 3,080
More than 6 weeks 42 31 1,302
Average Vial Days 24

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

[Return to the current poll]



                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Sunday November 12, 2006 14:13:14
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.