To inject insulin, most people use either syringes, insulin pens or insulin pumps. Not sure how to inject insulin? View easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations that will take you through the entire process. Watch now >
The most common way to inject insulin is with syringes. That’s because syringes are the least expensive type of insulin delivery, are stocked by most pharmacies and are usually covered by health insurance plans. Available with a variety of needle lengths and gauges, syringes are also easy to use, and give you access to all insulin types.
Available in disposable and reusable cartridges, insulin pens are growing in popularity because they’re portable, discreet, and convenient for injections away from home. They save time because there is no need to draw up insulin from a bottle - it is already pre-filled in a self-contained cartridge.
Insulin pump therapy is the treatment that most closely mimics the action of a healthy pancreas. An insulin pump is a small device that delivers insulin 24 hours a day. A programmed amount of insulin is delivered through a tiny tube that sits just underneath the skin and is changed every 2 to 3 days. The pump can easily be disconnected for showering, swimming, or changing clothes.
The most common areas to inject insulin are the abdomen, top and outside of the thighs and the back of the upper arms. Many healthcare providers recommend rotating your injection site to help avoid scar tissue, which can affect how the insulin is absorbed. This is called site rotation, and it’s as simple as spacing your injections one inch apart.
Now that you understand the methods of delivering insulin, learn how to use it safely. For simple tips on how to handle and store insulin, click here.
Source: National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive Kidney Diseases