Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin and also those type 2 diabetics who are not able to control their blood sugar level through oral medications. Women with gestational diabetes may also need to take insulin if diet and exercise is not good enough for them to keep blood sugar level normal.
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Once you are past the stage of initial anxiety, giving yourself an injection will become a routine part of your day. It's quite easy to learn the basics of drawing the insulin up into a syringe and injecting it. Although never likeable, the pain of the injection is not very bad and the best part is that it does not last long. More than half a million people do it every day. There is no reason why you can’t.
The three most important elements of success in giving insulin injections are:
Insulin is injected just beneath the skin into the fat layer. If the needle gets injected into the muscle, the insulin gets absorbed too fast, i.e. moves into the blood stream very quickly. Areas of your body where insulin is injected are the stomach (abdomen) and the outer parts of the upper arms. You may also inject in the buttocks, front and both sides of the thighs, and fleshy hip areas.
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