Most people are surprised by how little an insulin injection actually hurts. With the small, fine needles available today, insulin injections are virtually painless. Insulin is injected into the layer of fat below the skin where there are no pain receptors. In fact, most people feel that the finger pricks used to measure their blood glucose levels hurt much more than their insulin injections. Still more of us have learned how to prick our fingers that greatly eliminates much of this pain.
Although some episodes of hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose (defined as a level below 70 mg/dl) may occur in people using insulin, severe hypoglycemia is rare and has been shown to affect only about 0.5% of people with Type 2 diabetes. You can learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat hypoglycemia, therefore avoiding severe hypoglycemia episodes.