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How to Inject Insulin

Apr 11, 2008
The word injection sends chills running up and down one's spine as visions of long sharp needles fill the eye. However, it can become less frightening and much easier the more familiar you become with how to correctly inject insulin.

The most universal way to inject insulin is with a syringe and needle (although there is an insulin pen out on the market now). You draw insulin out of a bottle and into a syringe; then inject the medication beneath your skin where it's absorbed into your bloodstream.

Insulin may be injected into several areas of your body where there is a deposit of fatty tissue present and where large blood vessels, nerves, muscles and bones are not too near to the surface.

Belly is the only area of human body where there is rapid and reliable absorption which is why insulin is often injected in there. The two inch ring around the navel does not absorb and hence insulin is not injected there. Illustration shows the rotation of the injection. Back of your upper arms, thighs or buttocks are some of the areas which your physician may suggest you getting injected.

Quite a few of the sterilized procedures that doctors used to site for insulin shots have been successfully demonstrated as unnecessary. Diabetics have been watched for quite some time introducing their insulin through their garments. A study was designed to ascertain the protection and ostensible benefits of receiving insulin shots in this way. The subject injected through one layer of material, which ranged from nylon to denim. No one showed signs of erythema, induration, or sores at the injection sites. The glycated hemoglobin levels or the leukocyte counts did not differ among the conventional and experimental study groups. In the injection-through-clothing segment of the program, only minor troubles, such as blood stains on clothing and bruising, perhaps because of the minimal added pressure needed to push the needle all the way through the layer of material, were acknowledged. The participants proclaimed that receiving the shot through their garments presented benefits like straightforwardness and quick. It was found that it is harmless to give insulin shots through ones garments.

The term given to injecting insulin through inserting syringe into the skin is known as 'insulin injection technique'. This is done in order to inject a proper dose of insulin into the patients' body. For the purpose of making insulin injection treatment a success for yourself, your physician or a member of their team can assist you in learning this technique.

Injecting at the accurate deepness is a very important part of a good injection technique. The majority of doctors will advise that insulin be introduced in the subcutaneous fat, (the deposit of fat just underneath the skin).

If you inject too deeply, the insulin could go into muscle, where it's absorbed more rapidly but may not last as long; besides, injecting insulin into a muscle can hurt. If you do not inject deep enough, the insulin just goes into the skin. This affects the beginning and time period that insulin is affective.

To get the right deepness the majority of people will grab up a small fold of skin and place in the needle at a 90 angle to the skin fold. If you are shooting into a part that does not have a lot of fat tissue, you might want to alter the angle to 45 for comfort.

Follow your doctor's advice for taking insulin. Giving yourself insulin does not have to be hard. Contact your physician, their aide or nurse, if you are in doubt regarding your insulin treatment program. By getting at ease with giving yourself injections and keeping away from ordinary problems, taking insulin will develop into part of your habit that helps you stay on top of things regarding your diabetes
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Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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