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Insulin injection/pump site rotation is an extremely important part of diabetes care.
Site rotation helps prevent lumps from forming under the skin and ensure your insulin will be absorbed well into your body. If insulin is injected into the same spot repeatedly, fatty lumps will form. This is called Lipohypertrophy and means that insulin will not be absorbed in the same way as in healthy tissue. This can lead to a need to increase insulin doses and greater variation in blood glucose levels (BGL).
To help prevent lipohypertrophy, it is important to rotate your injection sites.
Suitable injection sites include:
Below are examples of rotation strategies for the stomach area. Similar rotation can be used for the arms, legs and hips as well
Last updated March 2023