Millions of people around the world are affected by diabetes. There are many causes for it including, genetics, and lifestyle and diet habits. One of the most effective treatments for controlling diabetes is through insulin injections. But, it is essential to follow a proper technique when going through it otherwise it can be quite painful.
Here are some tips to ensure that you are able to administer the insulin injection safely –
- The first thing you need to do is select a diabetic syringe and needle that is the right size. The size of the needle will depend on the volume of insulin that is needed to inject. You should select a needle that is short and thin as it will be less painful. But, if you are overweight, it is best to opt for a long needle.
- You need to pick an area from your body where there is enough fat under the skin to administer the injection. Some common areas include the stomach, thighs or at the back of the arms. Since you will be required to give yourself insulin on an almost daily basis, it is vital that you keep rotating the site so that one area does not become overly painful and sore. According to doctors, for the insulin to be properly absorbed by the body, the stomach is the best area to give yourself insulin.
- Before taking the insulin, wash your hands properly. The syringe and needle should be sanitized. A single person can easily reuse the syringes, but it has to be properly cleaned using alcohol between uses. But, it is best to change the needles of the syringe for every use.
- Before you stick the needle to yourself, you need to ensure that the insulin you are using has not expired. Keep a check on the insulin to ensure that it has not broken down. If you see the insulin change color or there is debris in it, you should change it immediately. Good insulin should always be clear, but a little longer acting one can seem a bit cloudy. You need to pay attention to your insulin to make sure that it is right.
The above tips can help you improve your technique and help in the safe administration of insulin injection. Since having diabetes can be quite painful, it is essential to know the method to make the process easy and fast.