Look at the dark pink areas on these pictures to find areas of the body
where insulin is injected. Inject insulin into:
The abdomen, but at least
2 in. (5.1 cm) inches from the
belly button. The abdomen is the best place to inject insulin, because your
abdomen area can absorb insulin most consistently.
The top outer
area of the thighs. Insulin usually is absorbed more slowly from this site,
unless you exercise soon after injecting insulin into your
The upper outer area of the arms.
Rotate the location of the injection, and slightly change the injection spot each time you inject
insulin. Using the same spot every time can form bumps or pits in the skin. For
example, inject your insulin above your belly button, then the next time use your upper thigh, then the next time below your belly button.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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