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Treatment for Insulin Lumps

Posted on November 1, 2014 | No Comments on Treatment for Insulin Lumps

Lipohypertrophy or Insulin is tough skin bumps or swellings in the skin areas where insulin is often injected by a patient. This occurs because insulin causes fat cells to increase in size, which causes the lump. This especially occurs in bell buttons where diabetic patients usually inject or infuse insulin. Aside from their unpleasant appearance, insulin lumps affect glucose control because the skin with insulin lumps or lipohypertrophy decreases the absorption of insulin in these areas. Hence, one may find that one’s glucose control is not what you expect it to be. Moreover, the more damaged the area i.e. the greater the lump, the more likely it is that glucose control will be affected to the extent that damaged nerve endings makes one numb when injecting insulin.

Treatment for insulin lumps or lipohypertrophy involve making sure you don’t inject the affected area of skin until it has fully healed. The insulin lump will naturally subside. However, this would take time. Rotating injection sites as much as possible helps in preventing the insulin lumps. Ideally, one can inject at the area at most 5 times then change the area.

Other alternative treatment for insulin lumps or lipohypertrophy included magnet therapy or magnotherapy, a pseudoscientific alternative medicine that involve the use of static magnetic fields. Another treatment is accupuncture or acupressure, which help is believe to release the stress in the fat cell using needle. In extreme cases, insulin lumps can be corrected with liposuction surgery, a procedure in which, excess fat is sucked out from the body.

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