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Question: My husband is diabetic and does a lot of traveling. He finds it inconvenient to refrigerate his insulin. He therefore, just keeps it in his shaving kit and uses it daily. I feel this is not safe and could be doing him harm in some way. Can you tell me what the repercussions of using unrefrigerated insulin are? Karen

Answer: Dear Karen,

Insulin will usually stay fresh for 30 days as long as it is kept at a temperature of no more than 86 F. When storing insulin it is key not to have it exposed to extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold).

When no refrigerator is available, it is recommended to store the insulin bottle at room temperate away from sunlight. If your husband uses his insulin everyday and does not have it stored it for long periods of time at room temperature, it should be ok.

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