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Where do you usually inject insulin?


Syringe and pen users

      Upper arms  
  22%   193  
  18%   163  
  24%   218  
  12%   108  
  1%   6  

Pump insertion sets

  15%   136  
  3%   34  
  1%   15  

Where do you usually inject insulin?

Poll dates: April 9 - 16, 2000
Total Votes: 873

Insulin is supposed to be injected into the fatty tissue under the skin. Typical injection sites include the upper arms, thighs, and abdomen for syringe injections. For young children, the buttocks are often used for insulin injections, especially for skinny kids. Pump users overwhelmingly use the abdomen for pump insertion sets.

If insulin is injected into muscle, it can be absorbed at a different rate and blood sugars can be different than you expect. If you have otherwise unexplained high or low blood sugars, you might want to review your injection technique with your diabetes educator at your next clinic visit.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:32
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