It’s getting hot out there and it’s vital we keep insulin at the right temperature. However, that’s something health care providers say isn’t always front of mind. Stacey talks to Diana Isaacs, a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and a CDE at the Cleveland Clinic. We’ll get the real deal about insulin temperature and suggest some ways to keep your supply safe.
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Stacey Simms 0:00
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Stacey Simms 0:26
This week, it’s getting hot out there a conversation about keeping your insulin at the right temperature. It’s something healthcare providers say isn’t always front of mind when we’re troubleshooting tough diabetes days.
Diana Isaacs 0:39
Why are the blood sugars out of range this day? Why was it in range this day? And why? What’s the difference? And this is really one of those pieces to the puzzle. And I think we spend so much of our time worried about other pieces like food that sometimes this really goes neglected.
Stacey Simms 0:55
Diana Isaac’s is a Clinical Pharmacy specialist and a CDE at the Cleveland Clinic, we’ll get the real deal about insulin temperature and suggest some ways to keep your supply safe
in Tell me something good, glamorous inspiration, a grateful mom and babies plus a big anniversary.
This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
Welcome to another week of the show. I’m always so glad to have you here. We aim to educate and inspire about diabetes with a focus on people who use insulin. You know, My son was diagnosed 14 years ago, just before he turned to my husband lives with type two diabetes. I don’t have diabetes, but I have a background in broadcasting. And that is how you get the podcast. I live in the southeast us in North Carolina. So it has been warming up for quite a while here. But pretty much all over the United States. We are seeing the warmer weather hot summer is coming. Shout out to our listeners in Australia and elsewhere in the world where summer is not coming please save this episode for a few months. But in addition to the advice here, I’ve got a thread going in the Diabetes Connections Facebook group about what to use not only to keep insulin cool, but to keep diabetes gear holding tight in the summertime CGM and pump sites as you know, tend to slide off in the wetness sweat. So please check that out. Lots of good suggestions. And as I mentioned, in my book, the world’s worst diabetes mom, we really like stay put medical to hold stuff on. But I’ll tell you in a pinch Benny will just slap a big waterproof bandaid over his Dexcom I really like the clear tegaderm stuff, but I mean he doesn’t care yelled us anything and you can find that in a CVS. So if you’re off to the beach and you don’t have anything, it really comes in handy. Most of the rest of the stuff that’s being suggested in that Facebook group thread has to be special ordered either Amazon or the website from the company that makes it
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My guest this week is Diana Isaacs, she is a Clinical Pharmacy specialist and the remote monitoring program coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center. She was the 2020 at CES Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the year and a Cleveland Clinic. She does have a pretty unique CGM training program. And you’ll hear about that during the interview as well.
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Diana Isaacs 4:46
Great. Thank you so much for having me.
Stacey Simms 4:48
Or it is getting hot. I know that not everybody lives like I do in the south where it’s been hot for a while. But let’s start by talking about what you tell your patients.
Diana Isaacs 4:58
Yeah, so many people don’t really The storage and the storage of insulin is so important. It’s actually very fragile. And if it’s not stored correctly, it actually most commonly it loses its potency. So it ends up you know that 10 units of insulin that you inject doesn’t work like 10 units to work like seven units, like six units, you just don’t know exactly, it’s just will not be as potent.
Stacey Simms 5:18
When we’re talking about storage of insulin. I know if I leave it in my hot car, and it gets to be, you know, above 110 degrees, it’s going to lose its potency, but day to day, just kind of throwing it in the bag or having it with you, how do you need to store it,
Diana Isaacs 5:33
it’s recommended any unused insulin pens or vials or cartridges should actually stay in the refrigerator, once it’s been opened, then typically, it’s good at room temperature for either 28 days, or some of the newer insulins are good up to 56 days, when it goes above that room temperature, that’s when you really can’t guarantee the potency anymore, and that’s when it can break down and it is not going to be as effective. And in terms of Well, what’s the danger of that? Well, a you really have no idea how much you’re giving yourself. Because like suddenly, you know, what you usually give yourself isn’t going to work as effectively. And you know, the real risk or the big risk would be a complication like diabetes ketoacidosis, where you’re just not getting enough insulin and that could be you know, a life threatening complication,
Stacey Simms 6:23
what is considered room temperature
Diana Isaacs 6:25
78.8 degrees, it should be it should not go over 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 degrees Celsius,
Stacey Simms 6:32
you mentioned that the newer insolence can be out of the fridge for 56 days which insolence.
Diana Isaacs 6:37
So specifically, the ultra long acting like tresiba, insulin degludec, and then toujeo, which is insulin collaging. You 300 those lasts a little bit longer at room temperature.
Stacey Simms 6:49
Do you have any idea why I know those are made up a little differently from like, you know, Lantus or levemir.
Diana Isaacs 6:54
Yeah, the you know, they’re just, they’re made a little bit differently, which allows them to act longer in the body. And that’s how they were studied to show that the potency, you know, still really maintains a fact at that point. And I mean, it’s good also, because there’s larger pens that holds more units. And so you know, that way a person, if they needed it for 56 days could have that the reality is a lot of people with the doses that they’re on, you know, will go through a pen, you know, much faster than been 28 days. All right,
Stacey Simms 7:26
we’re gonna do some True Confessions here, because I gotta tell you, we have kept insulin a lot longer than 20 days. And we have, and again, I’m not a diabetes educator, and endocrinologist. So you know, I’m just telling you what we have done as you listen, not just for you. But for example, Benny had a vial of insulin, my son that he took in and out of the fridge at school for almost an entire year, it was like a backup. So he would use it if he needed it. And when he was in elementary school, he used like, drops of insulin. It’s not like now and he’s a teenager. So we would put it in the fridge at the beginning of the school year, and then he would like take it out, use it, put it back in, take it out music, put it back in. Now, I know that’s not advised. But it does work. So I mean, how delicate really is insulin, if we can get away with doing something like that.
Diana Isaacs 8:08
So Oh, man, you’re burning my ears as a pharmacist? Oh, I hear that. But yeah, I mean, we know that that is reality that people are doing that. I think, you know, as long as it has maintained its room temperature, or refrigeration, probably a lot of insulins have at least close to the near potency for longer. It’s just it really can’t be guaranteed beyond that point. Because how it studied, I think, where things become different, or when it’s exposed to too much heat, like we know for a fact that when it’s exposed to high temperatures, or direct sunlight, it mean it loses its potency almost immediately. And if you’ve ever had you know, the insulin just sitting in the sun and then try to inject it, I I’m willing to bet it would be different. It wouldn’t it would not work as well.
Stacey Simms 8:53
Right? And I think with that example that I gave, it never got below the refrigerator temperature because it was out and in so quickly. But I give that example because I know people who once they take it to the fridge, they think that’s it. And it’s just it was probably out for less than three minutes.
Diana Isaacs 9:08
Yeah. So I mean, that’s interesting, right? So it’s still you use it, but right, it wasn’t out as much. So obviously, it’s not ideal. We can’t confirm how you know that it’s so potent, but it sounds like in your case it was I have seen a lot of situations though, where people use insulin for example, longer in their pumps, like usually we say to change it out, you know, every three days and an insulin pump and people go five days, seven days and a lot of people notice as they go further out from those three days that it seems like they are needing more insulin that it is losing some of its potency.
Stacey Simms 9:39
I will say one of the only times we had an I refer to it very scientifically, skunky insulin. The only time we had skunky insulin was we had come home from summer camp and had unpacked the car but we had not seen like one of the bags kind of worked its way into the corner. And of course that was the bag that had two vials of insulin and two or three days later in our house. Summer car. We this was years and years ago, we used it anyway, of course, it did nothing. It was like sailing, or it was really bad. So that was a realization like, oh, it really does get terrible.
Unknown Speaker 10:12
Yeah. All that precious insulin law. I know. I know,
Stacey Simms 10:17
well, once we know, it’s been 14 and a half years, so it happens, it happens. What do you advise patients then to do I mean, obviously, we can change out pump insulin more often. But as you said, Nobody wants to waste precious insulin like that. What are the tips that you give people to keep their insulin cool in the summertime, whether it’s in a pump in a vial, that kind of
Diana Isaacs 10:42
thing? Yeah, so I’m a really big fan of something called the Vivi cap. And this is actually can go over like, it can replace the cap of an insulin pen, and you put it on there, and it guarantees that it stays at room temperature, even if it’s exposed to, you know, a really hot car, really extreme temperatures, that is something that I’ve really been recommending for my patients, because it’s just, it’s a simple tool. And that way, you don’t have to stress about like trying to, you know, I see a lot of people trying to get ice packs and things and that, that’s risky, because you could accidentally freeze your insulin. So some a tool like the vivie cap, I find is really, really helpful,
Stacey Simms 11:20
you want to take us through a little bit of what it does.
Diana Isaacs 11:23
Sure, basically, it replaces the cap. So essentially, you know, like, let’s say you have a novolog pen, right that you’re using for your meal time injection. So you would go ahead and you would take off the cap. And instead, you would go ahead and you would put this Vivi cap directly on it, and you would replace that. And then you honestly, you can just throw it in your purse, in your bag, or whatever. And when you want to be sure that the insulin, you know, let’s say you were in extreme temperatures, it was in your 100 degree car, and you’re not sure if this insulin is going to be effective or not, there’s a button at the top of it, and you go ahead and you press it. And if that button becomes green, then you know that that insulin was stored properly, it is a safe temperature, and it is safe to be able to use it if the D button would turn red, that would tell you Oh, there was an issue, the insulin is not safe. Now the good news is the way it actually you know, through a thermal cooling mechanism is actually getting rid of the heat where the insulin is. And so it’s saying, you know, keeping it at room temperature. And why this is important also is because a lot of other things out there will make insulin really cold or accidentally freeze it or just make a cold. And really once it’s out, and once it’s open, it should say every temperature and so this really ensures that it will happen.
Stacey Simms 12:52
That’s interesting. So the V cap doesn’t necessarily keep it cold. It keeps it like it doesn’t keep it refrigerated.
Diana Isaacs 12:59
Right, it’s keeping it at room temperature. So it’s really meant for the pen that you’re using you’re actively using. You can throw this cap on you can put it on your long acting and your mealtime insulin, and you can go on a trip, you can go wherever do whatever and it will stay at room temperature.
Stacey Simms 13:17
Here’s a dumb question. We don’t use pens very often. So I’m curious, do all pins have the same caps would this fit on pretty much any insulin pen
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Now back to Diana answering my question about what type of insulin pen fits in the VIVI cap?
Diana Isaacs 14:25
No, that’s a really good question. So they actually make different ones for different types of pens. So for example, if you’re using like the novalogic products like novolog, and for siba are similar. There’s a V cap for those. If you’re using like human log products, they have a different Vivi cap. And so yeah, depending on the type of insulin that you’re using, you would just go ahead and get the vivie cap that goes corresponding to the one that you need.
Stacey Simms 14:49
It’s amazing that until now, I mean we’re seeing a few more products address this, but it seems like you know insulin has been around for a long time and you know until recently cuz I’ve seen a few products like this until recently, the freo is the only thing I can think of that was really out there affordable, you know, easy to use, do you think people are just kind of catching on to the fact that this is really important?
Diana Isaacs 15:11
Well, I think this is just like a really neglected area. Like I spend a lot of my time like analyzing glucose levels, looking at CGM, and in blood sugars and all that kind of stuff. You know, often you’re trying to figure out the puzzle. Why are the blood sugars out of range this day? Why was it in range this day? And why? What’s the difference? And this is really one of those pieces to the puzzle. And I think we spend so much of our time worried about other pieces like food that sometimes this really goes neglected. And as it’s summer, you know, summer is approaching is really a good opportunity to remind everyone that this is a really important for insulin. I mean, this is so so important and will affect it, if it’s not stored properly.
Stacey Simms 15:52
It just sounds like common sense. But I’m curious, have there been studies of this? Do we have any idea how many people are having issues with insulin that’s not stored properly, or using insulin that has, you know, been out of the fridge for too long? Is there any information on that?
Diana Isaacs 16:08
Well, I don’t know, if we have, you know, we certainly don’t have like randomized control trial data on that. I mean, how would you do it? Right? I can tell you anecdotally, I think it’s just difficult to capture. Because you could ask people I mean, oh, with any person will say that they’ve had their insulin at high temperatures at some point. I mean, if you, you know, are a human being that goes outside, you know, it’s likely that your, you know, your insulin was exposed to higher than room temperature. It’s just a matter of how long and I think in the summer, it’s really easy for it to, you know, when you meant for it to just be a couple of minutes, that ends up being hours. And then before you know it, you just don’t know. And I think also it’s difficult to classify, because there’s so many reasons that blood sugars can go higher. And so in the moment, it might be hard for someone to be like, Oh, wait, oh, yeah, I was, you know, I left my insulin in the car for three hours. That’s why my blood sugar is so high versus they might be thinking, Oh, was it the food I ate? Or am I under stress? So I think sometimes it’s just difficult for people to make that connection that it really was the insulin that made their sugars higher,
Stacey Simms 17:11
because I’m kind of picturing people listening to this episode of had diabetes for a long time going, I don’t need that. It’s been fine. Right? And I’m kind of one of those people that I’m like, Oh, it’s fine. I can’t imagine this really happening all the time. But you’re exactly right. How would we know?
Diana Isaacs 17:26
Yeah, I would just encourage people to reflect on it. I mean, it likely has happened. If you had diabetes long enough, it’s probably happened at some point in your life where your insulin hasn’t been stored perfectly, right. I am a really big fan of patient choice, and people knowing what’s out there. So if you’ve come up with a perfect solution, or your insulin is always at home, and you never go out great. You don’t need something like the Vivi cat. But you know, if you’re out you’re traveling or going on a trip, I think it’s good to know what options exist out there.
Stacey Simms 17:54
I’m curious too. And this is kind of separate from vicap. My son is using insulin pumps since he was two years old. And he we live in the south, as I’ve mentioned, and it’s always hot, the summer is ridiculous. But he has the insulin next to his body. His body is pretty warm all the time. Is there any Are there any issues with that three days in the pump? Do you see people having more issues in the summertime? And do you ever recommend, you know, changing the insulin at more often because of temperature?
Diana Isaacs 18:20
I do. Yeah. A lot of people have issues is especially in the summer. I’m like I’ve seen people with like Omni pod. And it’s just like boiling in the sun. And it goes bad very quickly. So yeah, I am a fan of encouraging people to change more often, like every two days instead of every three days if they notice that it’s wearing off sooner. So I think like a lot of people should consider that in the summer if they noticed that third day there. boluses are just not having the same effects on their blood sugar’s.
Stacey Simms 18:46
We’ve also found that winter to summer, we always have to change basil rates. And that’s probably because of activity, but it’s also because of heat. And I know that that affects people differently. How do you advise your patients to look at the weather and how it affects their bodies?
Diana Isaacs 19:01
That’s a good question. I mean, everyone is affected a little bit differently. I really like Adam brown from diatribe. And he talks about 42 factors that affect glucose levels. And actually a sunburn is one of the things that could affect levels, it could increase glucose. So I think, you know, weather can affect it any kind of stressor on the body can absolutely affect glucose levels, but it is very individualized. For many people, the weather won’t be a huge deal. But for some they may be more sensitive. And I think the best thing is to really reflect on it to review data with a diabetes educator or diabetes care and education specialist and really try to determine what are the patterns and who knows, yeah, it could be whether it does create a pattern for someone that if you know that it’s helpful, because then you can kind of preemptively prepare for it and give yourself more or less insulin as needed.
Stacey Simms 19:52
Can we talk about sunburn for a minute, because every year in the parenting groups, somebody comes in and says it’s their first time can the sunburn I raise my kids blood sugar, and everybody kind of says yes, yes. Why is that? Is it just trauma to the body? Is it like being ill?
Diana Isaacs 20:07
Yeah, I think it’s like anytime there’s a stressor on the body that can affect it. So yeah, if it’s causing stress, you know, sunburns can be pretty painful. And we know pain can increase glucose, so it’s likely related to those factors.
Stacey Simms 20:21
I don’t wanna change the subject too much, but I’m reading your bio. You know, in researching for this episode, he talks about how you run a CGM shared medical appointment program. Can you tell us what that is?
Diana Isaacs 20:33
Yeah, so I am a big advocate of CGM of continuous glucose monitoring. And in our program, we often introduce people to CGM for the first time. And so with our shared medical appointments, we have usually four to six people with diabetes, and we have a meeting. And then we also have a dietician, and it’s a two part shared appointment. And the first part, we get everyone together we place the CGM, and we have a discussion about what are the glucose targets and what kind of things affect glucose levels. We also review how to treat high and low glucose levels. And then everyone comes back after seven days and we download the devices and we we actually show everybody’s data on a big screen and we go through it together. It’s really interesting because a lot of people there, you know, there’s similar things like the overtreating Alo or learning you know how oatmeal affects your blood sugar’s you know, like, there’s a lot of similarities that kind of it’s nice to have that group environment. Yeah, that’s
Stacey Simms 21:30
I’ve so many questions, but my first one would be, you’ll have to, you’ll have to come back on and just talk CGM with us. I’m curious, how do you manage or handle when people are looking at everybody’s CGM numbers? And some must feel like, Oh, that’s bad? Or I didn’t do that very well. You know, do you talk about that part as well, and kind of managing the data mentally.
Diana Isaacs 21:51
So my rule is data numbers are data, and they cannot be good or bad. So it’s simply being in target or out of target. But it’s not a judgment, there’s no such thing as good or bad numbers. And I’m really careful about this. I mean, even you know, when someone is 100%, in range, and has an agency of 6%, I try really hard not to say, Oh, that’s so good. Like, you know, do jumping jacks, because, you know, I don’t want someone then to have a higher agency and to be less than range and then not want to come back for their appointment because they think I’m only be happy when it’s, you know, in range. So it’s really an important point to not be judgmental with with data.
Stacey Simms 22:27
Oh, all right. You’re gonna have to come back on and talk to us more about that. I think that’s,
Unknown Speaker 22:31
I’d love to Alright, good. Good. Good.
Stacey Simms 22:32
All right, back to the summer, though. So since you work with a lot of people with with CGM, do you find that there are ways for people to keep their gear better on in the summer? Do you have any advice for that? Because diabetes technology can be kind of slippy in the summer?
Diana Isaacs 22:45
Yeah, no, it can be. So I’m a big fan of skin tack and of overlay patches, like sin patch, and stuff for keeping on CGM sensors and sites for the pump. I think technique with everything is really important. Making sure the skin is clean and dry. You know, placing it right after a person has recently showered or bathed just to have the most success with it digging and staying on. But I think absolutely using products like skin tack mass assault, for people that sweat, it’s just it’s like kind of a must to have those extra, those things can really help.
Stacey Simms 23:17
Yeah, we found or at least just anecdotally, everybody’s skin is so different that you know, overlays vary brand to brand. So unfortunately, you kind of have to keep trying until you see what works for you. And one of the nice things we did locally when we could meet up and we’re going to start meeting up again, which I’m very excited about is I always tell people, like let’s bring samples, right? Because you get like a 20 pack of sim patch, and I get a 20 pack of stay put medical patches and you know, people just bring different brands, and then we can kind of trade because I used four or five different brands on my son before we found what worked. So if you’re listening and you have a local group, and you’re meeting up again, that’s just something you can try cuz it’s so frustrating.
Diana Isaacs 23:55
Yeah. And sometimes like, right, you put something on over it, and then you know, it starts peeling off after a couple of days, you have to put another thing over it. So yeah, I agree trial and error. You know, we
Stacey Simms 24:05
spoke a lot about the temperature extremes with insulin on the warm end, we touched on freezing, but let’s talk about that again. What’s the danger of insulin freezing? I mean, we know it doesn’t work well. But is there anything to say about that in terms of why? Or you know, is it just that you mean, obviously, if it’s frozen, you can’t put it in a syringe, but it does completely lose its potency? Right?
Diana Isaacs 24:26
Well, I don’t know if it completely loses its potency, but it very much does. But also, I mean, particles may form to which could make it definitely more difficult injecting and then I mean, I guess it could cause pain with injection as well. So I mean, it’s just another reminder to like anything, you should really always visually inspect the insulin as well. And most insolence should be clear. So checking for that is really important as well.
Stacey Simms 24:54
Yeah, that’s the the hotel refrigerator syndrome. So many times the fridge In the hotel is not set to the correct temperature. So you put your vial of insulin and it freezes. I’ve heard that so many times. It’s just terrible.
Diana Isaacs 25:07
Yeah, I mean, it’s really, it’s really a problem. And so yeah, I mean, that’s a really good point, when you’re traveling, it’s often really hard to rely on the hotel refrigerator, which is often is not set correctly for temperature is the right temperature,
Stacey Simms 25:21
what we usually do is, if we’re staying for more than one night, is we’ll put something you know, water, we’ll put whatever in that fridge and kind of see how it does in a couple of hours, to see if we trust the insulin. But that’s only helpful if you’re going to be there for a couple of days, and you have a way to keep your extra insulin, you know, at a cool temperature, because so much of what we’re talking about is not even so much for the the insulin you’re using at that moment, although you want to keep it at room temperature, exactly. But you know, we don’t have to keep it refrigerated. But when you’re traveling with extra insulin, that’s really a problem.
Diana Isaacs 25:52
I just would encourage people to think about it and just be just plan. I mean, just have a plan for the summer, whatever that plan is. And just be aware that I think some of the traditional methods that people use, like using like a lunch bag and putting an ice pack in it can, you know, you don’t really know that temperature that’s going to be in there. So there is an option available that you can be assured it’s going to stay at room temperature. And it’s just it’s really simple. And it doesn’t take up all this extra space and everything. I think that’s the key. It’s just it’s a super simple thing. And so I would just encourage people to kind of check it out and go to the website and learn more about it.
Stacey Simms 26:34
It’s interesting too, because insulins not alone, I mean, so many medications are temperature sensitive, as newer insulins come out, do you think that the temperature sensitivity will ever be factored out of insulin? Or it’s just it’s just part of the component?
Diana Isaacs 26:51
It’s a really good question. Because I I’m sure you know, there’s research in this area to see can insulin be more stable, or it’s not? I think the problem is, it’s just it’s a large peptide. And, like due to its nature, it’s just really hard to get it to be stable for a long period of time. I mean, it’s one of the reasons why we don’t have oral insulin, at least not yet. Like we don’t have it in pill form. It’s just really, really unstable. I think it’s going to be challenging. Maybe one day we’ll have that. But it’s definitely going to be a challenge to
Stacey Simms 27:19
have that. You mentioned the newer insolence, like the longer acting like to CBOE and toujeo. Is that considered an advancement? Or is it just different, it’s not going to apply to the shorter acting?
Diana Isaacs 27:30
Well, I think it is an advancement, in that we have an insulin that they were able to alter to work longer in the body, which I think ultimately really helped to stabilize blood sugars. And when you think about like, where we progressed, we started off with NPH, which you know, only works like half a day. And then we got longer act insulins like lantis and lab Amir, and then now we have these, like ultra long ones, like TJ Oh, and receba. And there’s actually a weekly insulin that’s in development that hopefully will, you know, see in the near future. So I think we’re definitely making advancements and insulin, which is really exciting. Although the other area where we need to make advancements, which is a whole other episode is the affordability of insulin as well. But there are definitely advancements that are are being made. So yes, maybe with the storage, those will be things that will get better. But I don’t see it completely resolving, you know, anytime soon.
Stacey Simms 28:23
How do pharmacies Sue with this? I mean, as far as I know, we’ve never had a problem getting our insulin from the pharmacy at the right temperature, of course, then I have to bring it home. And we do a lot with mail order as well and knock on wood. It’s always been delivered, I think at the right temperature. Is there a problem from that perspective as well, like in the supply chain,
Diana Isaacs 28:43
know, the supply chain is heavily regulated? So I mean, they are monitoring refrigerators constantly. And they have certain standards, there’s inspection so you can feel really good about the supply chain. It’s really once it gets to the person that it’s not regulated. But yeah, in the pharmacy, it is very, very maintained to a tee to those temperature and they’re like specialized refrigerators is not just your it’s definitely not your hotel refrigerator that for storing Insulet
Stacey Simms 29:12
Yeah, it’s good. That’s good. That is good. Before I let you go, I’m just curious. I we have been lucky enough to see my son’s endocrinologist in person for the last couple of visits when we did a lot of telehealth. Are you seeing people back in the office? I mean, how are you all doing through all this?
Diana Isaacs 29:29
I never stopped seeing people in the office. So I’ve been here through the whole pandemic, I’ve actually come to work every day. Now. A lot of our visits have been virtual out of convenience for people but we are open and people could come here you know, whenever they want. And some For some it’s preferred because as much as we’ve made advances in technology, we you know, we’ve got some patients who really have challenges downloading their data at home and stuff and it’s, it’s good to have them in the clinic. So yeah, our doors are open and but I will Say telehealth has flourished. And for a lot of people, it just makes so much more sense. Like today this morning, you know, we trained a person on their new pump. And rather than like me having to have her come in next week, I can just do a virtual and just look at her data that way and make adjustments. That’s kind of where we’re at with it.
Stacey Simms 30:15
I would imagine your patients have been very happy to walk in and see you during this past year. Like it’s very be very reassuring. I was surprised how when we were able to see my son’s endocrinologist again. I’m kind of happy we were.
Diana Isaacs 30:29
Yeah, I think it’s nice. And I mean, I feel especially now with like the vaccine now that we’ve all been vaccinated, I feel very, you know, I feel great. It was definitely a little stressful. Like, I’ll tell you back in December, we were doing our CGM shared medical appointment. And I had a class of four people and I, you know, you see people starting to like, move their masks down, and you’re like, Oh, my gosh, is this safe, like at this stage, because we’re doing a class and that was right, when the numbers were really increasing? So we did, we did pause them for a few months till the numbers came down. But But yeah, I think overall, you know, it’s good. It has been reassuring. And you know, it’s care doesn’t stop, like some people are getting new insulin pumps. And yes, while you can get, you could do virtual training. And for many people, we do like some people really want that hands on time, when that was their first time starting upon, they want to come in and see it.
Stacey Simms 31:17
I can’t imagine the people who were diagnosed this past year or had children diagnosed and were more isolated than normal. It’s isolating enough to have diabetes. And I just can’t imagine. So thanks for doing that. And, you know, keeping in touch with everybody, I mean, I’m not your patient. You don’t really know me, but I want to say thank you.
Diana Isaacs 31:34
Oh, you’re welcome. I mean, I love doing it. I love working with people with diabetes. It’s so rewarding. And it’s like, I just, yeah, I just feel like I feel very optimistic. With all the new technology and the advances being made. I just feel like, yeah, there’s so much opportunity to help people.
Stacey Simms 31:50
Well, thank you so much for spending so much time with me. And we’ll have you back on to talk more about CGM and the shared medical stuff. I think that sounds great. Thank you so much.
Unknown Speaker 31:57
Oh, you’re very welcome. Yeah, thanks for the opportunity.
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Stacey Simms 32:11
I’ve got more information about the temperature at which insulin is supposed to stay. We touched on that. But if you’d like to learn more, and there’s some more studies that really delve into this, I’ll put that at Diabetes connections.com. Every episode has its own homepage there. If you’re listening on an app for podcasts, there are always show notes, but some of them don’t show these things very well, you can always come back to the main page, and I’ll put it there with a transcript as well.
And the promo code for VIVI Cap is DIACON21, like Diabetes Connections, di a co n di a con 21, which gets you 10% off the product. Alright, tell me something good. Coming up help prom photos provided some unexpected inspiration.
But first Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Dexcom. So I was watching a movie with my husband the other night, and I got a Dexcom alert and he was upstairs in his room. And you know, for some reason, that took me back to the days when we basically had blood sugar checks on a timer, we would check doing a finger stick the same time every day at home and at school and you know, whatever extra we needed to. But it’s amazing to think about how much our diabetes management has changed with share and follow. I didn’t have to stop the movie to get up and check him. I knew what was going on, I could decide whether to just text him or go upstairs and help him out. Using the share and follow apps have really helped us talk less about diabetes, which I never thought would happen with a teenager. Trust me, he loves that part too. That’s what’s so great about the Dexcom system. I think for the caregiver or the spouse or the friend, you can help the person with diabetes manage in the way that works for your individual situation. Internet connectivity is required to access Dexcom follow separate follow up required, go to Diabetes connections.com and click on the Dexcom logo.
Tell me something good this week, I don’t know about you. I’m in a lot of moms groups. And I have seen a bajillion prom photos over the last month and it’s really nice. But one of the things that happened that I didn’t expect is that it provided diabetes inspiration to families, especially families with younger kids, I don’t have permission to share her name. So I’m just gonna tell you the story here. But this woman posted that she was looking at all the pictures of the beautiful girls and their dresses and their Dexcom and their pumps and their Omni pods showing. And you know, she was excited to see that. But her little girl who’s totally into the princess phase right now she’s six or seven years old, loved seeing the photos of all these grown up girls with diabetes. And it really provided an easier way to get her little girl to feel better about the gear that she is wearing. And I just thought that after all these years was still kind of unexpected. Now let’s be honest, not everybody wants to show their gear all the time. And that’s okay too. And honestly, I highly doubt that these girls are going to the prom thinking. I’m gonna have my mom posted. On Instagram or Facebook and that’s going to inspire somebody else. Right? But man did it ever. So thanks to all of you who did that, who posted the photos? What a cool thing
I have to wish a happy wedding anniversary to Janice and Bill Grigsby they celebrated 50 years married in April. And Janice was cute. I was asking for good news in the Diabetes Connections group and she wrote that may not be what you were looking for, since it doesn’t have to do with diabetes. But you know, Janice, we’re all together because of diabetes. Janice and Bill’s daughter marked 20 years with type one late last year, so I think that counts so congratulations on that amazing milestone. It doesn’t all have to be diversities. 50 years married. That is fantastic.
And a big congrats to Alison nim Lowe’s, who had a baby last week, little Stellan joins Big Brother Henrik is still in it was a little impatient came into the world a little bit early. So he’ll be staying at the hospital for a while. And they helped to bring him home by the end of May. But everybody’s doing well. Alison is somebody I’ve known for years. She’s been on the show before I will link up that episode. She’s on social media as the diabetic therapist Of course, we talked about therapy and mental health in that episode, but congratulations all around really exciting stuff. If you have something good to share, please let me know Stacy at Diabetes, Connections comm or pop into our Facebook group and share when I asked on a regular basis. Just tell me something good.
Before I let you go, quick reminder that on Wednesdays in May, I am doing in the news, a live diabetes newscast every Wednesday at 4:30pm. Eastern time. I hope you can join me for that. I’m also turning it around to then putting it out on different social platforms. And on this podcast. That episode right usually has been coming up Thursdays or Fridays. And it looks like we may continue this because people are really liking it. I definitely need to know how you feel about it though. So you can email me comment on the post itself. It’s a little bit of different work than the podcast to be honest with you. Not necessarily more work, but I do have to brush my hair and put some lipstick on to go live on Facebook. That’s just how I am if I continue this, maybe you’ll see me eventually in the ponytail and opaque but I’m having a lot of fun doing it. And I think it’s a need. We don’t really have a diabetes newscast anywhere. So I may continue. I will be deciding probably between this weekend next week’s episode, and I’ll definitely let you know.
Thanks as always to my editor John Bukenas from audio editing solutions and thank you so much for listening. I’m Stacey Simms. I’ll see you back here in just a couple of days. Until then be kind to yourself.
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