From Scotia, New York, USA:
I am ten years old and have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 6 years old. How come you need to take shots in the arm, belly, butt, and stomach?
Insulin is given by injection, because if you ate it, the insulin would be "digested" and wouldn't work. There is research into delivering insulin other ways. I think your question had to do with where the injections are given. Insulin can be given in any fatty area. Your doctor or nurse can show you exactly where. The most common sites are those that you mentioned: the arms, legs, buttocks, and stomach. If you have other areas in mind, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Original posting 21 Dec 1999
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:08
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.