Many different people with different types of diabetes need to inject themselves with insulin. When your body doesn't make enough insulin, or it can't effectively use the insulin it does produce, your healthcare professional may prescribe insulin therapy.
Injecting regularly with the right technique ensures the insulin can work properly.
Controlling your blood glucose levels is important for your health and well being. But it’s not always that easy find the right balance.
Feelings of fear and uncertainty are to be expected, and you may be concerned about how the treatment will interfere with your daily life.
You are the most important part of your healthcare team. Your nurse and doctor will help you to manage your diabetes day-to-day and become a diabetes and injection technique self-care expert
Insulin is designed to be absorbed slowly and predictably from a layer of fat under your
skin, called the subcutaneous fat layer.
For a more comfortable, less intimidating and accurate delivery of insulin into the subcutaneous fat layer, a short pen needle is recommended.
Different types of insulin are absorbed at different rates depending on the injection site. Your nurse or doctor will help you to fine tune your insulin absorption.
Lipohypertrophy, referred to as lipo for short, is a thickened area of tissue that can grow and develop over time in the subcutaneous fat layer where repeated injections of insulin are given.
Things can sometimes go wrong when injecting, however, most issues can be easily resolved by improving your injection technique.
The BD Diabetes Learning Center describes the causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and diabetes complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy. This site contains detailed information about blood glucose monitoring, insulin injection and safe sharps disposal. Interactive quizzes, educational literature downloads and animated demonstrations help to teach diabetes care skills.
Important Note: The content of this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Do not disregard your doctor's advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this website.