West Suffolk Diabetes Service


Managing your Diabetes

 

How to Inject Insulin

Size matters!  A comparison of a needle and insulin syringe used 15 years ago with a more modern needle of today's pen devices

  How is insulin injected ?

  Does it hurt ?

  What are the suitable sites ?

  Care of injection sites

  Is there a difference in absorption between different sites ?

  Do I need to disinfect the skin ?

  Delivery of injections

  How to inject using a syringe

  How to reduce pain

  Injection site problems

How is insulin injected ?

How is insulin injectedInsulin is injected in to the layer of fat just beneath the skin using a needle and syringe or using a pen delivery device.

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Does it hurt?

Injecting insulin using modern day needles is relatively painless. Pricking your finger using a lancet for blood glucose estimation is far more painful. 

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What are the suitable sites?

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Care of injection sites

Rotate sites every day. If you use the same area, aim to move the site of injection and inch or more

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Is there a difference in absorption between different sites?

Yes. Insulin tends to be absorbed more quickly from the tummy and upper arms and more slowly from thighs and buttocks. You can use this to your advantage such as by giving your morning injection into your tummy and the evening dose in your thigh.

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Do I need to disinfect the skin?

It is unnecessary to use alcohol to cleanse the skin – it stings and inflicts needless pain.  Ensure your hands have been washed with soap and water and that the area of injection is similarly clean.

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Delivery of injections

If you are using a mixture - mix the insulin well!

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How to inject using a syringe

Please refer to the separate page on this subject.

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How to reduce pain

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Injection site problems 

 

Dr. Nishan Wijenaike, Consultant Physician
© 2002 West Suffolk Hospitals Diabetes Service
October 2002

 

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