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Where Can You Give Insulin Injections On The Body?

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Where Is The Best Place To Give Yourself Insulin Shots?

A: Insulin must be given into subcutaneous fatty tissue in order to absorb correctly. The preferred sites are the fatty tissue in the back of the upper arm, the abdomen (avoiding the belly button), the area on the top, middle outer aspect of the thigh, and the top of the buttock. Of these sites none is better than the others; it really depends on what is most convenient for you and the plan you have for rotating the injection sites. For instance, if you use the thigh for your morning Humalog before breakfast, then you may want to use the back of the arm for your lunchtime dose and your abdomen for your evening dose. Some people adjust their injection sites based upon how high their blood glucose level is, using the abdomen for quickest absorption and the buttock for slowest. However, with the newer insulins, injection site choice has less effect on absorption than was the case with NPH and regular insulin. Levemir is not approved for use in the buttock area, so this site should be avoided for your Levemir dose. Concerning how far apart to give Humalog and Levemir, we recommend injecting Humalog and Levemir at least 3 inches apart. 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.
    See the link:
    http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.a...t=7001&id=7261

  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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