LocationInsulin should be injected into the subcutaneous (Sub-Q for short) tissue which lies between the muscle and the skin. When injected here, insulin is absorbed at a steady rate. This helps you maintain good control.
There is sub-q tissue all over your body, but some places are better than others for giving insulin, because they are away from large blood vessels and nerves. The best places for injecting insulin are:
- The upper, outside part of your arm.
- The front and sides of your thighs.
- Your buttocks.
- Just above your waist on your back (this is a hard one to reach).
- Your stomach, except the area around your navel and at your waistline.
If you're really high, you might want to inject in your stomach, since insulin injected there is absorbed faster than insulin injected in arms, legs and buttocks.
RotationIt's really important to change the site where you get your injections. This is called site rotation. Site rotation helps prevent problems that can occur if you inject insulin in the same place every time. Some kids take their morning injection in the arm and their evening injection in their leg. Some do just the reverse. The important thing is to rotate where you get your injections.
Since insulin is absorbed at a different rate depending upon where it is injected, you should try to be consistent in where you inject. If you do morning shots in your arm, stick with that, but move around the arm and between arms. Consistency is an important tool to helping you maintain good control.
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:17:22
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