Does fat effect insulin absorption?

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Community > Diabetes

Diabetes This section of the forum can be used to discuss anything and everything to do with Diabetes. Please use this general Diabetes section for any comments or discussions that don't fit into the more specific forum categories below. Please also ensure that all posts and threads are on topic, about Diabetes.

Does fat effect insulin absorption?

Closed Thread
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 12-05-2008, 18:41   #1
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5

Default Does fat effect insulin absorption?

Hi all, I'm a rather large man (fat) and recently proscribed the insulin solostar pens to help control my diabetes. I was wondering if the fat in my stomach effects how quickly insulin is absorbed. I know I have to rotate my shot sites, is it better to shoot in the thigh or stomach for the slow acting insulin. btw, I take it before bedtime.

gchoi2925 is offline  
Old 12-05-2008, 21:43   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,077

Diagnosed in 1961-now 50+ years with Diabetes

23 likes received

Yes, fat does affect the absorption of Insulin and is usually a factor in Insulin Resistance(IR).

Although absorption of Insulin is normally quickest from the abdominal wall, intermediate rate by the arm, slower pace by the leg and buttock areas, Insulin absorption can have a decreased rate at any of these sites due to:

-Subcutaneous fat thickness(slower/inadequate amounts)
-Reduced blood flow due to smoking(slower/inadequate amounts)
-Larger doses of Insulin(slower/inadequate amounts)
-Fatty foods such as pizza(slower)

On the other hand:

-Higher body temperatures such as massage to the local area, a very warm bath(but not hot for Diabetics), exercises, saunas, etc. can increase the rate of Insulin absorption.(faster)

-Splitting Insulin doses into 2 shots(8 or less units)-- Therefore a pump is well-advised in this case because smaller doses of fast-acting Insulins are frequently given.

-Deeper injections are better absorbed

These techniques are more noticeable with fast-acting Insulins(boluses) than with long-acting(basals).

***Life Is A Highway.......T.C.
Terrie is offline  
Old 12-06-2008, 02:30   #3
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5


Thanks for the info, since its the slow acting insulin, I might as well stick to the thighs.

gchoi2925 is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 16:23   #4
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 147


Another good site to use-- and it is not used very often -- is the back of the upper arms.. A bit tricky but since I have been in the medical field for so many years that is one place that we use to give insulin injections to people..

MissMeg is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:14.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.