Where Can You Give Insulin Injections On The Body?

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How To Give A Painless Injection

If you have Type 2 diabetes, sooner or later you may require insulin injections, either temporarily (as during infections) or permanently. This is nothing to be afraid of, even though many people with long-standing Type 2 diabetes literally spend years worrying about it. I usually teach all my patients how to inject themselves at our first or second meeting, before there’s any urgency. Once they give themselves a sample injection of sterile saline (salt water), they find out how easy and painless it can be, and they are spared years of anxiety. If you’re anxious about injections, after you read this section, please ask your physician or diabetes educator to allow you to try a self-administered injection. Insulin is usually injected subcutaneously This means Into a layer of fat under the skin The regions of the body that usually contain appropriate deposits of fat are illustrated in Figure 1 Examine your body to see if you have enough fat at the illustrated sites to comfortably grab a big hunk between your thumb and first finger. Fig 1 Potential sites for subcutaneous injections. To show you how painless a shot can be, your teacher should give himself or herself a shot and leave Continue reading >>

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  1. ruthdeming

    where on my body can i inject insulin?

    would appreciate your help on this. thanks. - ruth deming of phila, PA

  2. kgordon

    Welcome ruth to DD. As for injection sites the lower belly area staying 2" from the belly button to around the side or "love handles". This is generally considered the prime territory for insulin absorbtion. Also the top and outside of the thighs can work as well as the back of the upper arms. These are areas where there is a natural fat area under the skin. We are looking to inject insulin into these "fatty" tissues laying underneath the layers of skin.
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  3. gojudego

    Hi there! Yes I agree totally with the above respeonse! It is right on....must add a few things I learnt here about injecting insulin also that might help ya!
    1.The #1 area for injection is definitely the belly ....But if that causes you problems the upper thigh is also good ( and mentioned above)....IMPORTANT TO NOTE>>>>**** No one ever told me when injecting long acting insulin( like lantus) it is NORMAL to get a kind of bump after injecting as It is a long acting insulin...and the bump is the storage of insulin that should help to carry you throughout the day! if the doasage is correct....most diabetics still inject fast acting insulin @ meals ( humalog or novorapid to cover meals...carbs eatten will naturally raise Bg levels....sorry if you are an experienced insulin user as this knowledge you will already Know....lol!...
    2. the most important trick...I recently learned if injecting into you thigh ( as I do @ night as my need for insulin ( lantus is very large ....54 u ...) is that if.... you are sitting down it is much easier to inject !The love handles in your side of thigh are easier to find extra fat and you will avoid any veins there ....no brusing than also !
    3. You can aslo get extra fine needles ( contraversal here) but I still find they work fine ...BD Ultra Fine III 5mm gauge ...which is all personal preference but again because I inject a lot of lantus my pharmacy reccomended this gauage of needle to prevent as it does bruises ( injections were getting painful @ night) and it is way less painful for ME..(.personally again) as 2 injections at night of 34 + 20 =54 was a bit painful....after time I could not inject this into my stomach as I have a hernia from childbirth ...many years ago became huge as I was gestational diabetic ,....but delievered a healthy guy who is now almost 16....Hope this was helpful to you and others....so many people helped me here ....2 years ago when I started insulin....THE BEST DECISION I ever did ...I must add....and it should have been recommended way earlier as I am a diabetic ..11 years now...INsulin gave me my CONTROL back....Good luck to all....gojudego!...

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