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Tweet If you inject insulin regularly, you will need to vary the areas of skin you inject your insulin into to ensure your insulin gets absorbed consistently. Also, by rotating your injection sites, you can avoid developing stiffer, lumpy skin helping you to feel happier. Which areas can be injected into? Ideal areas to inject into are parts of the body with a decent layer of fat. The belly, upper arms, thighs and buttocks are commonly used. Note that some parts of the body absorb insulin quicker than other parts. The quickest area to be absorbed from is the belly, followed by the upper arm, then the thighs and lastly the buttocks. [24] Charity Diabetes UK warn that the arm may not always be a suitable injection for people with less body fat [25] as there is a greater chance of injecting into a muscle which could lead to hypoglycemia. Injecting in the same general area for the same type of meal To have consistent absorption of insulin, it’s recommended to inject in the same general area of the body for the same type of meal. For example, for breakfast it may be a good idea to inject short term or bolus insulin into the belly. For long acting or basal insulin, it might be benefici Continue reading >>

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  1. Emymoo

    Our darling Molly has diabetes
    Up until Monday, the vet had her on a special diet to see if we could control her diabetes with just diet for a time. Her blood glucose levels dropped quickly from way too high, to nearly normal in a matter of weeks, and the vet was very pleased. However, now they've leveled off at a range still too high. We've started giving her insulin injections, and she is HATING them.
    Any tips or tricks others have found that make it easier? She takes the needle fine, but once you push in the plunger to give her the insulin, she freaks out. We thought it might have been because the insulin was so cold, so we left it out of the fridge for a few minutes so that it wouldn't be so cold. She still hates it
    We were thinking about giving her a lickable treat while we hold her for the injection to distract her, but we don't know what(she is VERY picky). Ideas?
    Also, on Monday nights and possibly in the mornings within the next few weeks, I'll have to give her the insulin without help. Any tips on how to do it alone? I was thinking about holding her between my legs, but she weasels out pretty easily :/

  2. Pamnangel

    I have a number of diabetic clients and I find it easiest to not restrain them. This is something new for both of you. Try to relax, spend a couple minutes just petting or brushing her, then pull up the 'tent' and give her the injection. I'm presuming your vet already showed you how to do that. When you done praise her, give her a treat if you've found something she like or just go back to petting or brushing. It takes time to get used to this new routine, but you both will adjust and do just fine. I'm including a couple sites that might help as well. Yahoogroups also has several groups you can join.

  3. nakedrats

    There apparently is a way to control feline diabetes with diet alone. One vet that specializes in treating feline diabetes runs a website dedicated to educating people about using diet to get cats off of insulin. She finds that diabetes is mainly caused by too many carbs in cat food (grain in dry kibble being the main culprit), so she puts cats on a very-low carb wet diet (little or no grain or vegetables) and finds that without the extra carbs, their blood sugar goes right down to where it should be. The commonly used "prescription diets" used for diabetic cats tend to have more carbs in the form of fiber which apparently doesn't do much to control blood sugar, and you still haven't gotten rid of the grain that caused the problem in the first place. Her philosophy is that cats are designed to eat meat (hardly any carbs in a mouse) and if you get them off of high carb food and give them what they are supposed to eat (high protein, moderate fat containing meat) then they won't be taking in enough sugars to give them a problem. It makes sense to me- if they have a problem with getting high blood sugar from eating carbs, the logical solution would be to stop eating so much carbs and you won't have high blood sugar. With diet-induced diabetes in people, they tell you to stop eating so much sugar or you'll have to go on insulin. For cats, they sell you food with just as much sugar as before, now with fiber to help them manage all that sugar, and then when that doesn't work, they'll sell you insulin!
    Vet specializing in low-carb diet treatment for feline diabetes: http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com/
    Feeding study of low-carb vs high-fiber for diabetes: http://www.felinediabetes.com/DietaryRecs_Greco.htm (60% of cats on low-carb diets went off of insulin and stayed off for at least a year, compared to 35% of cats on high fiber diets going off and staying off of insulin)
    To be fair, the dietary instruction at most vet schools is rubbish and is taught by Hill's (makers of science diet and prescription diets) representatives. It's no wonder they recommend you buy Hill's products when your cat's got a problem.

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