Islets of Hope care tips for persons with diabetes
Compiled by Lahle Wolfe, who is not a medical doctor but has diabetes, and is a parent of a young child with diabetes who uses an insulin pump.
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Tips are sent to us and compiled into our "Diabetes Care Tips" section for general information only. Tips are based on the experiences and opinions of those who submit tips to IOH and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and position of IOH.
Advice found in any part of our "Diabetes Care Tips" section is not intended, nor should be as a substitute for the care and advice of a licensed medical health professional.
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There are many parts of the body that you can inject. It is important to note how you react to various sites. For example, sometimes, injecting in areas that are more muscular (i.e., thighs and buttocks) may be more sensitive to insulin than fattier areas like hips, tummy and the arms. If you are going to be exercising, or using a particular muscle group, it is better to inject in another area like the tummy or hips. This is because exercise increase temperature and blood circulation, especially to muscles, this in turn can increase the rate of insulin absorption and may lead to hypoglycemia.
Do not inject:
It is important that you rotate injection sites. Repeatedly injecting into the same site can cause fat deposits to build up and scarring. This will make the site less sensitive to insulin absorption and make blood glucose more unpredictable.
Tips for Injecting Insulin
Tips on how to give an injection of insulin
Have all your supplies ready and in one place. Then:
Why does insulin leak out of my injection site?
This can happen if because the dose was large and injected too quickly, or because the needle was removed too fast or not inserted deeply enough. This may affect your blood glucose for a while so be sure to check more often (not getting enough insulin leads to hyperglycemia). Next time try:
What are some things I can do to minimize pain and "stinging" when giving shots to my child?
Make sure alcohol used to clean the injection site is completely dry before injecting (alcohol makes finger pricks sting too).
If you're using cold insulin, let it warm up to room temperature before using it. If you can't wait, gently roll the syringe or bottle between your hands to warm the insulin up (and mix it at the same time) before injecting it.
Use a new needle with each injection. Although needles can be reused, they become duller with each use and the tips bend a little with each use. This makes injections more painful (change lancets in blood lancing devices once a day for the same reason).
Inserting the needle too slowly or moving the needle around under the skin after it's inserted causes pain and may also cause bruising.
Help your child to relax before inserting the needle. Poking into tense bodies hurts more than when a child can relax.
For more information see:
Page Updated 08/25/2006