Tip 3: Don’t stick to one
While it’s normal for people to choose favorites in all things, your insulin injection site should not be one of those things.
To avoid bruising, skin irritation, and the formation of fat deposits (lipohypertrophy), it is best to rotate between different areas of the body to inject insulin.
The best areas to inject insulin are the thighs, abdomen, and upper arms. These areas are easy to access and less painful due to higher fat distribution that acts as a cushion or buffer.
Other areas that are used are the hips, back, and buttocks, however, these areas are less accessible for self-administration due to their orientation and require more care during injection to avoid affecting muscles and nerves.
Tip 4: Sharing is NOT Caring
Unless you are stuck on a desert island with another person, do not share your insulin needles. Not only are your insulin requirements likely different but sharing needles is a big no-no in any context.
Reusing your own needles is a bit controversial. When financial stability is an issue, some health care providers may allow reuse of your own needles. However, never reuse a needle and syringe, even if it’s your own if you have an infection.
Tip 5: Take Notes
Continue to measure your blood glucose levels regularly to ensure that your diabetes management is effective for you. Aside from your blood sugar levels, keep a journal, and note any changes in your physical and mental health.
If you accidentally spill hot coffee on your bare feet but don’t feel a thing, experience frequent yeast infections, or find yourself getting irritable, these are diabetic complications and signs that your insulin therapy may not be controlling your diabetes well enough.
Keeping a journal is helpful for both you and your doctor to monitor treatment progress and make adjustments when needed.
Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes, here.