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 11:17:24
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. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.