Tissue hardening (lipohypertrophy)
What is lipohypertrophy?
- This means changes, hardening of the subcutaneous fatty tissue.
What causes lipohypertrophy?
- The re-use of damaged pen needles can lead to skin and tissue injuries.
- This, together with frequent injections in so-called favourite sites, can lead to lipohypertrophy.
What are the consequences of lipohypertrophy?
- Injections into hardened tissue affect insulin absorption making the insulin dose effectiveness difficult to calculate.
- This can lead to unexplainable blood glucose fluctuations.
How can lipohypertrophy be avoided?
- Change the injection site after every injection.
- Use pen needles only 1x.
- Recommendation: check injection sites regularly and consult your physician or diabetes advisor in case of conspicuous events.
Lipohypertrophy can often be felt better than seen!