Next, you need to decide, preferably together with your doctor, how to rotate the sites. Will you rotate within one injection site or go from one area to another for each shot depending on the time of day (i.e., thigh in the morning, abdomen at night)?
Experts say that you’ll have the best results if you consistently use one body part because it avoids variations in insulin action.
Whatever you decide, remember the following principles:
- Stick to one pattern of insulin site injection rotation. Usually, a change in pattern is only necessary when there are changes in daily routine or blood sugar levels. Discuss things with your doctor to be on the safe side.
- Never inject close to your belly button as that area has tougher skin, which affects insulin absorption. Choose an area that is at least 2 inches away from your navel.
- Do not choose a site you will use for exercise if you work out right after the shot. Physical activity increases the rate of absorption, making hypoglycemia more likely.
- If you choose to rotate within one site, allot at least one inch between each shot.
- Avoid any area with a bruise, scar tissue, swelling, moles, or other unexplained changes in appearance.