Diabetes Learning Center

Proper injection technique is important to keep diabetes in control and reduce discomfort.   Insulin syringes and pen needles play a role in reducing pain from injection.

If you inject insulin or another medication for your diabetes, here are some things to keep in mind:


1) Consistent delivery into fat layer


2) Injection site location and rotation


3) Choices of needle type, length and gauge


4) Additional tips

  • How to improve your injection technique
  • A reused needle does not enter the skin as easily or as cleanly because it has become dulled by use and the lubricant that lets the needle enter the skin has been rubbed off.  Use pen needles and syringes only once.
  • All used sharps should be contained and disposed of in a sealed sharps container according to local municipality regulations.

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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.

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