Due to the fact that the body cannot produce any insulin, the hormone that is needed to move sugar (glucose) from the food we eat, into the body’s cells where it can be used for energy, people with type 1 diabetes have to inject insulin every day. This is quite overwhelming when you have to start injecting, and therefore it is important that you receive the proper education and training on injecting insulin as well as all the related aspects of using insulin, like storing your insulin and testing your blood sugar (glucose) levels daily.

The easiest way to inject insulin is using an “insulin-pen”. All the insulin’s that are available in South Africa are available in an “insulin-pen”.

Below is are examples of what an insulin pen looks like:

There are also “insulin-pumps” available in South Africa, but they are very expensive and your doctor will have to request this specifically from your medical aid.