Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 23, 2003
Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Question from Chandigarh, India:
What is the best site for giving insulin injections?
The best places to inject are at various sites, commonly the outer thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen and upper outer arms.
[Editor’s comment: Insulin is absorbed differently for different injection sites. It is most rapidly absorbed from the abdomen, next from the arms, and most slowly from the thighs and buttocks. Which site to use is dependent on a number of things. For example, if you want your insulin to work more quickly, you would choose the abdomen, whereas, if you want it to work more slowly, you’s probably select the buttocks.
Two other things to keep in mind. First of all, it is probably not a good idea to inject into an area which will b exercised soon after the injection. This could speed up absorption and cause hypoglycemia. Secondly, it is important to rotate injection sites. Failure to due so can lead to lipohypertrophy and/or lipoatrophy both of which cause insulin not to be used properly.