Using Insulin When You Have Type 2 Diabetes
When you have Type 2 diabetes, your diabetes healthcare provider may recommend that you start taking insulin. For many people, taking insulin may seem scary because many injections are required. Unfortunately insulin is not available for use orally because the stomach’s enzymes would break down insulin before it can be effective. The only way that insulin can be properly delivered is via injection.
Stay Positive About Your Diabetes Treatment
Taking insulin shots every day may feel like you are constantly being reminded about your diabetes. However, your diabetes treatment depends your ability to stay positive. Here are some additional tips to help you make insulin therapy less scary.
Find the Right Injection Area
The location in which you inject insulin matters. You should make sure that you inject in the same place consistently in order to determine how long the insulin takes to trigger the appropriate blood glucose response.
Use the Right Needle
There have been advancements in insulin therapy technology that allows for shorter needles to be used. A short, thin needle can reduce your pain. Talk with your healthcare provider in order to determine if you are using the shortest and thinnest needle possible
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