David C. W. Lau MD PhD FRCPC

Storing Insulin and Prefilling Syringes

Insulin can become damaged and ineffective if it is not stored properly. Unopened insulin that is packaged in small glass bottles (vials) should be stored in the refrigerator. Liquid insulin that is packaged in small cartridges (containing several doses) is more stable. These cartridges are used in pen-shaped devices…

Diabetes: How to Give Glucagon

This information is for people who may need to give a person with diabetes an injection of glucagon during a low blood sugar emergency. Giving a glucagon injection is similar to giving insulin. If possible, practice giving your partner or child an insulin injection at least once a month so you will be more ready if you…

Type 2 Diabetes

Learn what type 2 diabetes is and what it means for you and your life.

Home Blood Sugar Test

A person with diabetes uses a home blood sugar (glucose) test to measure the level of glucose in his or her blood. The test can be done on a daily basis at home or anywhere, using a small portable machine (blood glucose meter). A home blood sugar test involves pricking the skin (usually the side of a finger) with a…

Gestational Diabetes: Giving Yourself Insulin Shots

Describes how to give an insulin injection when you have gestational diabetes. Covers what is needed, including syringe and vial or cartridge of insulin. Offers step-by-step instructions and links to slideshows on preparing an injection.