An Easy Way To Take An Insulin Shot

An Easy Way To Take An Insulin Shot

About one out of three people with type 2 diabetes takes insulin shots to help manage the disease.

NO ONE ENJOYS taking insulin shots, but skipping them is not a wise or healthy option. Your heart, blood vessels, eyes and kidneys are at risk if you do not care for your diabetes well. If you can’t control your blood glucose with increased movement, good food choices and pills, you may need to inject insulin. Insulin can’t Be taken as a pill. But, you don’t have to take insulin as a shot. An insulin pen can work just as well as a syringe, and can be a lot less painful.

The Research

Studies show that people with type 2 diabetes who take mealtime insulin prefer to use a pen, not a vial and syringe. Many healthcare providers also suggest that people try an insulin pen when they are just beginning to use insulin.

About 400 people with type 2 diabetes took part in this study, which compared two ways to take insulin. They were divided into two groups:

  • Group 1: took insulin using a vial and syringe for the first two weeks, and then switched to an insulin pen for the next two weeks.
  • Group 2: took insulin with a pen for the first two weeks, and then switched to a vial and syringe for the next two weeks.

What Can We Learn From This New Research

The study showed that people clearly preferred the pen over the vial and syringe. This study also showed that fasting blood glucose and other health data were almost the same for those who took insulin with a pen and those who used a syringe.

The experts shared that people with diabetes need to work closely with healthcare providers they trust. Many people with type 2 diabetes don’t want to take insulin because they are afraid of needles. Even when they know how much they need this medicine, they will sometimes skip it because they dislike taking shots.

Insulin pens can be an easier and less painful option. Talk to your healthcare provider about your fears and ask about the pen. It might be right for you. If you don’t take your insulin and you don’t tell anyone why, you can put your health at risk. So, ask for help—your healthcare provider is there for you.


By Robert Ehrman, MD

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