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Insulin injection areas for gestational diabetes

Insulin injection areas for gestational diabetes

These pictures show the areas of the body where insulin can be injected. You can give yourself a shot in:

  • The top outer area of the thighs. Insulin usually is absorbed more slowly from this site, unless you exercise soon after you inject insulin into your legs.
  • The upper outer area of the arms.
  • The buttocks.

Rotate your injection locations. And at each location, slightly change the injection spot each time you inject insulin. For example, inject your insulin in your left upper arm, then the next time in your upper thigh, then the next time in your left upper arm again but slightly lower than before. Avoid injecting in the exact same spot.

Current as of: December 20, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology

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