Lipohypertrophy

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Quiz: Do You Understand Lipohypertrophy?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Stats show that up to 20 percent of people with type 1 diabetes experience lipohypertrophy at some point.

Explanation:
Lipohypertrophy is an abnormal accumulation of fat underneath the surface of the skin. Stats show that up to 50 percent of people with type 1 diabetes experience lipohypertrophy at some point.
2

It's possible to self-inspect for lipohypertrophies.

Explanation:
To self-inspect for lipohypertrophies, think about the areas where you do your injections. One way is to stand in front of a mirror, use a hand cream or lotion and use two fingers to slowly press on the area where you usually do your injections. Or, stand in the shower, use some soap and go from an area where you don’t do injections to an area where you do.
3

To prevent lipohypertrophy, always rotate your sites and rotate within your sites.

Explanation:
To prevent lipohypertrophy, always rotate your sites and rotate within your sites. There’s a lot of space that you can use within each injection zone.
4

Squishing your fat or subcutaneous tissue while doing your insulin injection can affect the way that you absorb your insulin.

Explanation:
If you jam your insulin injection into your tissue, you increase your risk of hitting muscle. You also then squish your fat or subcutaneous tissue, and that can affect the way that you are absorbing your insulin.
5

It can take a patient three to six weeks to recover from lipohypertrophy.

Explanation:
It can take a patient three to six months to recover from lipohypertrophy. If you do have lipohypertrophy, ensure it’s resolved before you start to use that site again.

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