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INTRODUCTION

Adrian Long has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1997. A school

teacher, he was diagnosed at the age of 40.

"One of the most annoying things sometimes heard by those of us living

with Type 1 diabetes is "Oooh, you are brave, I couldn't possibly inject

myself every day, I can't stand needles". Our answer is pretty obvious and

invariably said through gritted teeth: "Errm, I think you could if the

alternative was being very unwell indeed".

"Sticking a sharp piece of metal into our fingers, tummies, thighs and

bottoms is all part of the dubious pleasure of living with our fickle friend,

Type 1. Insulin injections (and finger pricks) are simply part of our world.

I calculate that I've done towards 30,000 injections in my 23 years with

diabetes, so to say it's no big deal is a fair assessment of my attitude.

Until I started interacting with other people living with Type1, thanks to

the relatively recent growth of the online community, I just took it for

granted that injecting insulin was the norm. I was aware of insulin pumps

but assumed that they were not for me. However, once I started to talk to

others living with diabetes, my eyes were opened to how things could be

different: conversations in the online community often suggest that

being on a pump is easier and better, allowing the user more accurately

to replicate the response of a working pancreas. For some, this is true,

and driven by the enthusiasm of tech-savvy amateurs, medical

technology companies are developing increasingly sophisticated systems

for delivering insulin.

"And yet, I am absolutely fine. I've lived with Type 1 for all these years

armed only with a couple of insulin pens, and I seem to have coped pretty

well. I have no wish, need - nor indeed, opportunity - to use a pump. For

me, and in fact for the vast majority of people with Type 1 across the

world, and many people with Type 2 diabetes controlled by insulin,

injecting is what we do.

But there's more to injecting than just 'jab and hope'. If we're relying on

it, and doing it around 2,000 times a year, it's important to inject

carefully, safely and in the most effective way possible. Therefore a guide

to injecting is most welcome. Read on!"

Adrian Long

" I've lived with

Type 1 for more

than 20 years

armed only with

a couple of

insulin pens,

and I seem to

have coped

pretty well."

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