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Old 01-03-2014, 22:33   #1
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Hello everyone! I am a 26 year old female and recently (almost 2 years ago) diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I went into complete shock and did really well controlling my blood sugars for the first year. I brought my A1c down from 12% to 5.6% in the first few months. I'm still doing ok, but maybe I've gotten lazy (especially around the holidays). I am using the Lantus pen every morning. I have a concern because every time I take insulin, I get a bump on the injection site. I mostly do it on my abdomen. I've never been taught or tried any other sites. My thought is that my body is not absorbing the insulin because somehow it's getting stuck? I don't know if this is the case. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you and happy new year!

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Hi Kuulei, and welcome to the Diabetes Forum. I have no experience with injections myself, but I'm sure that many of our members have discussed their problems with them. Did you try searching "injection" at the top right of the page? That's where I'd start.

Glad you're here and happy new year to you!

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Thank you Msfranxie! I will definitely search for answers. I'm new to the site so thanks for your guidance.

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Welcome Kuulei,

We're happy you decided to join us. There are several T1s here, and I'm sure they will stop by soon. I seem to remember some discussions now and then about insulin not absorbing as expected

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Hi Kuulei, how much insulin do you take when you get the bump? If you take large quantities at one time, it can certainly cause a bump. I never take more than 4 units at a time and usually no more than 3 units. Can you give us your daily insulin doses?

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Hi Kuulei, how much insulin do you take when you get the bump? If you take large quantities at one time, it can certainly cause a bump. I never take more than 4 units at a time and usually no more than 3 units. Can you give us your daily insulin doses?
Kuulei I would agree with arenda here large dosages do cause bumps. I am also on Lantus and I have had to increase my dosage up to 60 units to get my BG down. I recently discussed with doctor going to 30 units twice a day thinking maybe it might help. We will see!! But yes I got some temporary bumps when injecting 60 units at a time.

I have injected in the outside of my thigh and it was ok, but I do most of mine in stomach as well. I am sure the Lantus website wtll show you the injection zones deltoids, outside of thigh and stomach (with a 3 inch circle around navel to avoid).

I would also say the LCHF diet will really help with controlling your BG and some weight loss to boot. Hopefully, as I get more time on the LCHF diet I will be able to cut back on my Lantus.

If you are staying below 140 on your 1 hour after meal tests then that is great, and maybe you will never need bolus injections that is my goal as well.

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Welcome Kuulei! Do you have high blood sugar after a bump occurs? If it is high then you may have poor absorption, but if not high then the absorption is probably ok. If you use the same body parts too often, and do not rotate your sites enough, then scar tissue can form under the skin surface. Injecting into scar tissue definitely causes poor absorption, and sometimes the resulting high can be very high. I move from one body part to another every few weeks, so a resting period will enable complete healing and eliminating of any scar tissue that has formed.

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Thank you both arenda and gfaith! I am now at 26 units, taken in the morning. I didn't know that might have been considered a large dose. I didn't always get bumps, even when I was at 32u. Is it possible that insulin doesn't always absorb? Around the same time I started getting the bumps, my BG wasn't as steady and was higher than normal. I will do more research on injecting and take a look at that LCHF diet.
ugh...this is all so unpredictable and complicated! haha thanks so much for your help!

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Welcome Kuulei! Do you have high blood sugar after a bump occurs? If it is high then you may have poor absorption, but if not high then the absorption is probably ok. If you use the same body parts too often, and do not rotate your sites enough, then scar tissue can form under the skin surface. Injecting into scar tissue definitely causes poor absorption, and sometimes the resulting high can be very high. I move from one body part to another every few weeks, so a resting period will enable complete healing and eliminating of any scar tissue that has formed.
Yes BG has been higher! I figured there was bad absorption. I will take your advice to switch sites around more systematically. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon

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Here are a couple good links LCHF for Beginners | DietDoctor.com and Blood Sugar 101 They can really help.

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