Insulin injection areas for gestational diabetes

Picture of 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 injecting insulin into your legs.
  • The upper outer area of the arms.
  • The buttocks.

Change the spot where you give the shot slightly each time, so that you do not get bumps or pits in your skin. For example, use the right upper arm 5 times in different places, then use the left upper arm in 5 places.

Last Updated: November 4, 2009

Author: Judy Dundas

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology

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