How can I remember injection site locations?

Use hand tracing to record injection sites. If you are diabetic and have difficulty remembering which fingers have been used for blood sugar monitoring, trace an outline of a pair of hands on a piece of paper and mark the site of the last blood sample. This will help you remember to change sites.

Use a bracelet to remember to alternate injection locations. If you need to alternate injection sites and have trouble remembering which side you did last, wear a bracelet on the arm where the injection went. When you give the next injection, move the bracelet to the other arm. If you don't like to wear bracelets, change a ring from one hand to the other or use a sticky tab on the medication that indicates right or left. If the medication is refrigerated, you may want to use a refrigerator magnet to help you remember which side, arm or leg to use.
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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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