Suitable injection sites
Insulin is not absorbed at the same speed at all sites
- Abdomen and thighs are the most common injection sites.
- Injection sites on the abdomen allow rapid insulin absorption.
- Injection sites on the thighs and buttocks allow slow insulin absorption.
- The effect of analog insulins is less dependent on the injection site.
- Follow the recommendations given by your healthcare professional.
- Upper arms as injection sites: injections into the upper arms should only be performed after training with the diabetes advisor. The reason being, there is a higher risk of injecting into muscle as the subcutaneous fatty tissue is very thin and the injection sites are not easily accessible.
Rotation principle for injection sites – Avoiding lipohypertrophy (tissue hardening)
- Change the injection site after every injection (rotation principle).
- The injection sites should be at least 3 cm away from the navel and apart from each other to avoid frequent injections into so-called “favourite sites” and thus leading to tissue hardening (lipohypertrophy).
Examples for the rotation principle