Talking Sharps Disposal on American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Getting ahead of diabetes is the approach that’s being stressed today as the risk of developing the disease increases.

Diabetes is a disease which is caused by improper handling of glucose in the body, and is not something to take lightly.

The long-term effects of diabetes include major damage to large blood vessels of the heart, brain, and legs as well as damage to small blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, feet, and nerves. That’s also why so many people who suffer from the disease eventually lose their vision, limbs or even their kidney functions.

Getting ahead of diabetes is the approach that’s being stressed today as the risk of developing the disease increases.

The good news is that there are ways to delay or even prevent it from occurring in a person’s body through better eating, more movement, and other lifestyle improvements.

On March 26, we are taking the time to celebrate National American Diabetes Association Alert Day which reminds the public to do their part to prevent and care for diabetes by getting a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and putting in the needed work to stop the onset.

For some, however, the disease is something they must manage for the rest of their lives. These patients typically have learned to notice warning signs when their insulin levels are getting too low for example, and many will self administer a needed dosage of needed sugars in their blood on a daily basis.

The sharps used in diabetes care ranges from insulin pens, needles, syringes, lancets, and a host of other supplies to help manage the disease and its symptoms.

Improper blood glucose monitoring and sharps disposal practices is a very serious topic. Understanding disposal laws, container labeling and where to toss used medical supplies is important. Whether you’re handling care at home or a medical facility, there are certain steps that are critical.

Proper care and handling of these sharps, as well as disposal, is critical to prevent needle sticking injuries and blood-borne diseases from spreading.

At Red Bags, we’re committed to helping the public safely dispose of medical waste. Our sharps services include next day service options for red bag waste and sharps.

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