Let’s Talk about Lipohypertrophy and Injecting Insulin

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Injecting Insulin

Do you inject insulin? Repeatedly using the same area to inject can lead to Lipohypertrophy which is an accumulation of fatty deposits under the skin.  This is not just a cosmetic issue.  Lipohypertrophy can lead to poor and inconsistent insulin absorption and wreak havoc on your blood sugar control. It is estimated that 20 to 40% of people with Type 1 diabetes and 4% with Type 2 diabetes develop lipohypertrophy.

Please read this  article on the problem of “Lipohypertrophy” from the British Medical Journal: Poor Glycaemic control caused by Insulin Induced Lipohypertrophy

Chowdhury TA, Escudier V. Poor glycaemic control caused by insulin induced lipohypertrophy. BMJ : British Medical Journal. 2003;327(7411):383-384.

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