needlephobia and diabetes


veryone with type reported that identifiable needle phobia

1 diabetes, and at has a median age of onset at 5.5 years

least 500,000 people (Bienvenu & Eaton, 1998) and remains

with type 2 diabetes, quite common in adulthood (nir et al.,

do daily injections. 2003). For instance, in a sample of young

that’s a lot of people injecting and a lot adult travellers attending a vaccination

of injections, especially if you’re on the clinic, 21.7% reported that they were

4-5 injections a day routine (one or two afraid of injections and 8.2% described

background injections, and one with each their fear as excessive (Nir et al., 2003).

meal). in an older study, fear of blood and injury

getting those needles on and off was found to be present in approximately

can be a problem – plus, as they’re both one-third of children 6 to 12 years old

pointy and sharp, there is a real possibility (Lapouse & Monk, 1959). However,

of small, unwanted puncture accidents studies on blood-injection-injury phobia

happening. also, what about drawing up have been hampered by a lack of precise

your dose? Perhaps twisting your pen to definition for the disorder but it’s estimated

set your dose is problematic? then there as affecting around 3% of the adult

are those with needlephobia, an unlucky population (Bienvenu & Eaton, 1998).

circumstance if you have to inject several One product that has been developed

times a day. to address needlephobia in children with

diabetes is insuJet. it is only calibrated

Childhood anxiety for use with insulin, so it’s easy to fill with

there is evidence that a small percentage the right dose. brought to the Uk by

of children in particular, but also adults too spirit Healthcare, one of the company’s

suffer from needle-phobia. Around 8% representatives, Jim swift, remembers

of children have a pronounced needle- having needle-phobia as a child. “i

phobia (Hanas and Ludviggson, 2005) certainly avoided having any innoculations,

and best estimate at around 3% of adults, i was chased around the surgery as a wee

(Bienvenu & Eaton, 1998). It is actually a boy. i did grow out of it, but my son is still

fairly logical fear to have, after all, who very needlephobic, and he’s 21.”

wishes to be stabbed with anything and as part of swift’s work with spirit

then insert a foreign material into our Healthcare, he’s well aware of difficult fear

bodies? Having diabetes, however, you of needles is for both for children and their

have little choice. parents, describing it as “traumatic”.

epidemiological studies have as well as the insuJet, there are other

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