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what body sites can i inject insulin in?

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 06/27/2012 08:36:37 From:
You are so welcome!
Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 06/20/2012 08:56:59 From:
Hi littlered,
It is fine to place your infusion set just below the rib cage if you have at least 1/2" of fat to pinch; but be sure that it is not in a spot that gets twisted when you turn or sit. Alot of people find the back of the arm or on the inner thigh to be reasonable site locations. Everyone has individual preferences; I recommend you talk with your diabetes educator, doctor/endocrinologist and/or contact the pump company 1-800 customer care number to problem solve best site locations for you. Good luck!!

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/30/2011 14:47:59 From:
Great answer Joy! I will add the importance too of rotating injection site areas. If a person, for example, wants to only inject in the abdomen, that is all right. Just make sure to inject in different places within that area.
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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/20/2011 18:38:05 From:
Injection Site Selection is a common question.

The most common injection site is the abdomen (or stomach). The back of the upper arms, the upper buttocks or hips, and the outer side of the thighs are also used. These sites are the best to inject into for two reasons:

They have a layer of fat just below the skin to absorb the insulin, but not many nerves - which means that injecting there will be more comfortable than injecting in other parts of your body.

They make it easier to inject into the subcutaneous tissue, where insulin injection is recommended.

Depending on your body type, you'll find that certain injection sites work better than others.

Some people, for example, prefer injecting in the abdomen because the insulin absorbs well there.

But injecting in the abdomen isn't right for everyone, especially young children or people who are so thin and/or heavily muscled that they can't pinch up a half-inch of fat.
Consult with your doctor or diabetes educator in choosing the injection sites that are best for you. Your doctor will consider both insulin absorption and site rotation.

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/18/2011 18:14:21 From:
what body sites can i inject insulin in?
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