Self-help: Injecting Insulin

If you need regular injections of insulin, you will be shown how to inject yourself. You can use a syringe and needle, but many people prefer insulin pens, which are easier to use and more discreet. Insulin can be injected into any fatty area, such as the upper arms, abdomen, or thighs. Insert the needle quickly into a pinch of skin and then inject the insulin slowly. You should try not to use exactly the same site each time for the injection.

Insulin pen

This device for carrying and delivering insulin holds an insulin cartridge and has a dial that lets you set the required dose. Disposable needles attach to one end.

Learning to inject

From an early age, children who have diabetes can be taught how to inject themselves.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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