1413150_59052775Insulin is used by diabetics to regulate their sugar levels. Normally, insulin is produced by the pancreas; diabetics have a malfunctioning pancreas that fails to produce insulin. It is generally administered as a subcutaneous injection, with the needle being inserted under the skin. Some patients may also receive their insulin via an insulin pump, which administers continuous doses of insulin instead of a long-lasting injection.  There are four different kinds of insulin:

  • Rapid-acting
  • Short-acting
  • Intermediate-acting
  • Long-acting

Your doctor will prescribe the best kind of insulin treatment plan for you based on your condition and body’s reaction to the injections. Your nurse will administer the treatment using standard insulin administration guidelines. The abdomen is the most common site for an insulin injection, as it provides the most predictable absorption rate.

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