Where is the best place to give yourself insulin shots? I'm on Humalog during the day and Levemir at bedtime, both on FlexPen. Also how close together can I take these shots?

Patty Bonsignore


Insulin must be given into subcutaneous fatty tissue in order to absorb correctly. The preferred sites are the fatty tissue in the back of the upper arm, the abdomen (avoiding the belly button), the area on the top, middle outer aspect of the thigh, and the top of the buttock. Of these sites none is better than the others; it really depends on what is most convenient for you and the plan you have for rotating the injection sites. For instance, if you use the thigh for your morning Humalog before breakfast, then you may want to use the back of the arm for your lunchtime dose and your abdomen for your evening dose. Some people adjust their injection sites based upon how high their blood glucose level is, using the abdomen for quickest absorption and the buttock for slowest. However, with the newer insulins, injection site choice has less effect on absorption than was the case with NPH and regular insulin. Levemir is not approved for use in the buttock area, so this site should be avoided for your Levemir dose. Concerning how far apart to give Humalog and Levemir, we recommend injecting Humalog and Levemir at least 3 inches apart.

July 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

3 replies

Tayme1962 2013-09-11 00:48:16 -0500 Report

I am on the Novolog Insulin Pen using the sliding scale. I use the area around my belly botton area. I inject going clockwise using 12, 3, 9 & 12 again. This seems to work good for me.

Patrick 40
Patrick 40 2013-08-27 20:18:27 -0500 Report

They say your stomach is the best place cuz the absorption rate is the best you can also you can do it in other areas of the body if u don't exercise that area & i found that pens are more better then syringes they are more convenent there is no difference in site that i had found you can also ask your Diabetes Educator on this & she can can help you also take care how this Helps you Good Luck

Tristan2012 2013-08-25 20:26:01 -0500 Report

I'm on the same regimen only with regular insulin, does injection site matter between Pen and syringes?