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Insulin Injection Areas for Gestational Diabetes

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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.

Slightly change the spot where you give the shot 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.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last RevisedNovember 3, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 03, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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