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The latest Q&A from the mailbag of Integrated Diabetes Services. Integrated Diabetes Services provides detailed advice and coaching on diabetes management from certified diabetes educators and dieticians. Each week, the team answers questions from people affected by Type 1 diabetes. Q: Is there any reason not to inject insulin directly into muscle? A: There is really no medical evidence that intramuscular injections are harmful. They hurt more than subcutaneous injections and people need to use sterile syringes to prevent infection, but otherwise this type of injection can speed up insulin action considerably. In fact, absorption occurs twice as fast in most cases. This can be a useful tool for bringing high blood glucose levels down quickly or for avoiding blood sugar spikes when consuming high glycemic meals without a pre-bolus. Have a Question? Insulin-Quiring Minds is a free service of the clinical team at Integrated Diabetes Services LLC. Submit your questions to [email protected] All questions will be answered, and yours may be chosen to appear in Insulin Nation. For more information on Integrated Diabetes Services, call 1-610-642-6055, go to integrateddiabetes Continue reading >>

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  1. indianamomoftwo

    Insulin Shot in thigh

    Well I usually do my shots in my belly, but decided i need to switch around spots. Well have tried a couple times in my thigh, but seems like it doesn't go in well. Its always coming back out. Do you think its just not fatty enough, or does anyone else have this issue?? thanks

  2. bsc

    Originally Posted by indianamomoftwo
    Well I usually do my shots in my belly, but decided i need to switch around spots. Well have tried a couple times in my thigh, but seems like it doesn't go in well. Its always coming back out. Do you think its just not fatty enough, or does anyone else have this issue?? thanks If you don't have enough body fat on your thighs, it may be very difficult to perform a subcutaneous injection. On my thigh, I can pinch about a 1/8-1/4 inch and so I have to really pinch and pull the skin and then make a shallow angled injection (I inject byetta) in order to get it subcutaneous. It does not work well. Some people have enough body fat on their arms or glutes. Sadly, my body fat only seems to park on my love handles, which I will continue to punish with multiple daily injections.
    If you are injecting insulin intramuscularly, remember that it may take effect faster, somewhat stronger and not last as long. If the insulin is leaking out, you might try injecting slower and leaving the needle in for 5-10 seconds to give the insulin a chance to be absorbed rather than leaking out under pressure from the injection site.

  3. Stump86

    I agree with leaving the needle in for about 10 seconds post injection. I found this to help me not experience any leaks. Also try not to inject too quickly as it just might be pressure building up forcing the insulin back out. Inject slowly, wait a few seconds, and withdraw the needle slowly always worked for me.

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