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Other Insulin Delivery Options

Other insulin delivery systems are also available.

Jet Injector

Jet injectors don't have a needle. Instead, they use very high pressure to push a fine spray of insulin through the pores in your skin.

Pros:

  • Needle-free. If you hate needles, a jet injector is an alternative to the insulin syringe or pen.

Cons:

  • Pain. "They surprisingly may cause more pain than a needle in some people," says Fonseca. You have a high concentration of nerves close to the surface of your skin. Trying to push insulin through the skin can hurt more than injecting -- especially considering how thin needles have become.
  • Uneven insulin delivery. Because they send insulin into the body through the pores, jet injectors may not always deliver an accurate dose.

Other options include an insulin patch. Work closely with your doctor to choose the option that best fits your budget, health needs, and lifestyle.

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