Easing Insulin Injection

Insulin injection is quick and relatively pain free. After just a few injections, most people become comfortable with the process.

Using a small needle and syringe-the operative word here is small-you draw the dose of insulin out of the insulin bottle and into the syringe. The best place to inject the insulin is the abdomen because the hormone goes to work faster from that site, but you can also inject your upper arm, thigh, or buttock. Moving your injection site by 1 1/2 inches each day makes injections safer and more comfortable.

Clean the injection site with alcohol and pinch a 2- or 3-inch fold of skin in one hand. With your other hand, insert the needle at about a 90-degree angle to the fold of skin and depress the syringe. Don't move the needle while you're injecting the insulin. Wait about 2 seconds and then withdraw the needle. That's all there is to it.

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