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Insulin Injection Sites: Where And How To Inject

Insulin is a hormone that helps cells use glucose (sugar) for energy. It works as a “key,” allowing the sugar to go from the blood and into the cell. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t make insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t use insulin correctly, which can lead to the pancreas not being able to produce enough — or any, depending on the progression of the disease —insulin to meet your body’s needs. Diabetes is normally managed with diet and exercise, with medications, including insulin, added as needed. If you have type 1 diabetes, insulin is required for life. This may seem difficult at first, but you can learn to successfully administer insulin with the support of your healthcare team, determination, and a little practice. There are different ways to take insulin, including syringes, insulin pens, insulin pumps, and jet injectors. Your doctor will help you decide which technique is best for you. Syringes remain a common method of insulin delivery. They’re the least expensive option, and most insurance companies cover them. Syringes Syringes vary by the amount of insulin they hold and the size of the needle. They’re made of plastic and should be disc Continue reading >>

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  1. Medusa_Lilit

    So my brother is a type two who needs to inject himself with insulin. His preference for injection is his upper thigh. Way upper thigh, so he does the injection in his room or the bathroom. This has resulted in him losing the insulin in his room or leaving it in the bathroom overnight. It's gotten to the point to where our dad wants him to do the injections in the living room, so someone can watch him and make sure that the insulin gets put away. Obviously, he can't be dropping his pants in the middle of the living room, nor does anyone want to stand in the bathroom with him while he drops his pants.
    He got extremely upset when my dad told him to find somewhere else to inject and actually started wailing a little when he gave it to himself in his arm (the underside).
    So does anyone have any suggestions as to where it's the least painful place to do this?

  2. Glenda

    Hello Medusa_ Lilit
    I'm sorry your brother is having trouble with his injections. As a Type 2 who is living on only insulin right now, hopefully I can help. It's really best to move around to different places. The underarm is good if you can pinch it up a bit and get it in the fatty part. My instructor taught me to do that by myself by sitting in a chair and pushing your arm into the back bringing out the fatty part. I use a pen so this is easier for me. I hope he has one too. The real best place is in the abdomen. There is a lot of fatty places there and room to keep moving around so he doesn't get sore places. For some reason it seems awful but it's really not. I feel it much less there and you can just pull your shirt up a little and do it very discretely.
    I don't know how old he is and wondering about how responsible he is but just getting into putting your pen...syringe...needles etc in one spot becomes habit. I made myself a little box for all of my supplies. Testing supplies also.
    Hope this helps some.
    Glenda Eakle

  3. Medusa_Lilit

    Glenda:
    Hello Medusa_ Lilit
    I'm sorry your brother is having trouble with his injections. As a Type 2 who is living on only insulin right now, hopefully I can help. It's really best to move around to different places. The underarm is good if you can pinch it up a bit and get it in the fatty part. My instructor taught me to do that by myself by sitting in a chair and pushing your arm into the back bringing out the fatty part. I use a pen so this is easier for me. I hope he has one too. The real best place is in the abdomen. There is a lot of fatty places there and room to keep moving around so he doesn't get sore places. For some reason it seems awful but it's really not. I feel it much less there and you can just pull your shirt up a little and do it very discretely.
    Unfortunately, we do not have a pen. We just have a bundle of 6 mm needles. Supposedly they're supposed to hurt less than the longer ones, but he says these are worse. Do you know if a pen can be bought over the counter?
    I don't know how old he is and wondering about how responsible he is but just getting into putting your pen...syringe...needles etc in one spot becomes habit. I made myself a little box for all of my supplies. Testing supplies also.
    He's 26, but he's mentally challenged so... it's complicated. Unfortunately, even though we have set a designated spot for the testing equipment and needles, that doesn't stop him from leaving his equipment scattered all over the place. For the longest time, he would even leave the little prickers on the floor! The insulin also has a desginated spot in the fridge, but it gets left on the bathroom counter or in the tub, on his bedroom floor... My biggest concern is what happens during the summer if he's still using the insulin. Where we live, it's routinely above 100 degrees and we don't have a cooling system in our house. Last thing we need is an entire bottle of insulin spoiling because he doesn't put it back.
    Hope this helps some.
    Thank you, I will suggest these spots to him and see how things go.
    Glenda Eakle

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