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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Diabetes Essentials

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Eric Hinders/Mittera

All in Order

I needed a place where I could keep all my diabetes supplies together in one spot, so I bought three plastic cosmetic organizers (see example above). They’re absolutely the perfect size for my insulin pens, meter, lancets, and needles. I made sure to label everything for easy access. —Sharon Grant-Roscher


I keep fresh batteries in the pocket of my glucose meter’s supply case, which I carry with me everywhere I go. That way, I always have the batteries I need for my pump or my meter. —Mike Cherry

I use a mini Altoids tin to hold used test strips, and I dump out the strips once the container starts getting full. The larger Altoids tin can fit alcohol swabs and used pen needles. I’ll empty those into a sharps container before I dispose of them. —Mimikins

I use my medical alert medallion to unscrew battery covers. It works well on just about any device—pumps, meters, etc. It’s better than a butter knife! —Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

For us pump users: Instead of using tape to keep your infusion set or sensor in place on the tummy area, use “spirit gum,” a nontoxic, water-resistant glue used by children at Halloween to keep their wigs in place. It’s less irritating to the skin and can be found at any party or costume store. Works great! —Tom Young

When I’m running in a race, I keep my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) transmitter on my arm, above the elbow and toward the back so that it’s out of the way. To make sure it stays secure, I wrap Glad ClingWrap around my arm, over the transmitter. I wear a long-sleeved shirt with a wrist sweatband over the transmitter for added security. Make sure it’s not too tight over the transmitter, as it may alter your readings. —Ulrika “Red” Nilsson