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Why Does Insulin Have To Be Injected
Abdomen or thigh: Depending on the patient, Insulin is usually given in either the abdomen or thigh, and most patients report the abdomen hurts less. That said, Insulin needles are so small and slim, they usually hurt very little anywhere you use them. Remember, it's important to move your injection sites around to prevent skin problems. ...Read more
Not work if swallow: Insulin is a peptide made by cells in the pancreas that regulates blood sugars. Many people with diabetes require it to control sugars. When swallowed it is digested in the stomach and does not work. It will only work if injected under the skin. Inhaled Insulin will also work, but is probably not safe on your lungs. ...Read more
Not a good idea: What if you glu is 70 and you inject insulin? You will get hypo quickly. Unfortunately, many diabetics do this... They just "wing it", inject insulin, and don't test much. Usually they learn to just keep their glu high all the time, so they don't get hypo. If your glu is always 200-350, you won't have to worry about hypo, but your control is bad, and diabetes complications will increase. ...Read more
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