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How Do I Give Myself Insulin?

If you have to use insulin, your doctor will show you how and where to give yourself a shot. Common sites to inject insulin include:

  • Stomach
  • Arms
  • Thighs

It is important to change the site where you give yourself insulin each day. This helps prevent changes to your skin such as lumps or swollen areas. Use these images to help you find an insulin injection site.









  • Glucometers and Supplies

    Whether or not you take diabetes pills, use insulin or manage diabetes without medicine, you may still have to check your blood sugar. Your doctor will tell you how often. To do so, you will need a special machine. The hand-held machine used to check your blood sugar is called a glucometer. You will need other supplies, such as alcohol swabs (to clean your finger before poking), lancets (to poke your finger and draw a blood drop) and testing strips (to put the blood drop on and see your blood sugar results).

    A network pharmacy can provide a glucometer. You must have a prescription from a health care provider. You will also need a prescription for the strips and lancets.

    Member benefits and exclusions vary by health plan. If you have any problems and need help getting a meter, call toll free:

    • 1-866-781-5094 for BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid Member Customer Care
    • 1-866-773-9634 TTY
  • When There’s an Emergency or Natural Disaster

    An emergency or disaster, such as a power outage or hurricane, can happen with little or no warning. It is important for people with diabetes to be ready. One of the best ways to help yourself prepare is to create a disaster kit. It should include everything you need to take care of your diabetes, such as:

    • A blood glucose meter (glucometer), lancets and testing strips
    • Your diabetes medicines
    • A list of your prescription numbers
    • If you take insulin, some insulin, syringes and an insulated bag to keep insulin cool
    • A glucagon kit if you take insulin or if your doctor recommends it
    • Glucose tablets and other foods or drinks to treat low blood sugar
    • Antibiotic cream or ointment
    • A copy of your medical information, including a list of your conditions, medicines and recent lab test results
    • Phone numbers for the American Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations

    You also might want to include some food that won’t spoil, such as canned or dried food, along with bottled water. Check and update your kit at least twice a year.

American Diabetes Association
Diabetes Health
American Heart Association Diabetes Subpage, accessed November 8, 2013.
Use Medicines Safely, accessed November 8, 2013.
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For more information, please call BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid Customer Care Center at
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