Avoiding Injection Site Problems with Type 1 Diabetes
The bodies of those who suffer from type 1 diabetes cannot make insulin on their own. For this reason, patients are subject to multiple injections of insulin each day. Because injections can be more or less comfortable to take, depending upon where in the body they are placed, it is not uncommon for patients to utilize the same areas of the body over and over for injections.
The risks of over-utilizing certain areas of the body include developing abnormal accumulations of fat beneath the skin. As the fat accumulates the skin will become visibly lumpy and injection will become more difficult.
Techniques for Effective Insulin Injection
Insulin is accepted into the body at faster or slower rates, depending upon where the injection is located. An insulin injection is subcutaneous, which is to say that the insulin is injected beneath the skin using a small needle.
There are techniques to injection that prevent insulin from being injected into muscle, where it will work too quickly, or into the skin, a painful injection that will not be processed by the body. These involve injecting at an angle, with the angle depending upon body type.
Where in the body insulin is injected is important as well. Injections into the abdomen are absorbed most quickly, with the upper arms next. Injections to the thighs and then to the buttocks are absorbed more slowly.
Injections for the same time frame each day should be given in the same body region. For instance, morning insulin given in the abdomen one day should be given in a different part of the abdomen each day.
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