Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

24. How is insulin taken?

Insulin can't be taken as a pill. It is usually taken by shots or with an insulin pump or insulin pen. Insulin pumps are small machines, usually worn on the hip, that contain insulin and deliver small steady doses of insulin throughout the day. Some pumps are attached directly to the skin. Other people use an insulin pen, which holds a cartridge of insulin that is dialed to the prescribed dose of insulin and then injected.

If your body is still making some insulin, but not enough to keep your blood glucose levels under control, you may need diabetes pills. Some medications are taken once a day; others must be taken more often. Ask your health care team when you should take your pills. Remember to take your medicines every day, even when you feel well.