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When the time comes, a person with diabetes needs to take their insulin shot on schedule, or there are risks of high blood sugar levels and the potentially serious problems that can follow. For some, when the time comes for their injection, the first place they may head to is the restroom.
While this can be a more private and comfortable place for some people, it's important to understand that it isn't always the best answer. If you are going to a restroom to avoid the public eye, you may still have people who come in the restroom and see you.
Also, if you try to go into a restroom stall, it may be problematic. For example, you could potentially be exposed to other people's bodily fluids, such as urine or feces, and this may be a risk that you aren't willing to take.
However, if you are using the proper techniques and avoiding unsterile situations, a restroom may be a good option if you are not comfortable doing the shot at the table or anywhere else.

Is It Safe to Inject Through Clothes?

Although some may gasp at the thought, injecting your insulin through clothing may be another option to help avoid showing some skin in public. While this is a controversial issue, some research has been done on the topic.
One of the main studies done was published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) back in 1997. According to the findings of this study, injecting through clothing was a "rogue" technique, but it was shown to indeed be "safe and convenient." The study showed that there were no differences in insulin absorption or major problems at the injection sites when insulin was injected through clothing. This research showed that the only problems that occurred during the study were minor ones, such as blood stains on clothing and bruising.
However, this research was done quite a while ago and there isn't much official information on this practice. Some medical experts would argue that the study was too short and didn't include a large enough number of participants to gauge the long-term effects.
Also, some might say that when you inject through clothing, it can blunt the needle and make it harder to glide through your skin. This can make the injections a bit more painful than they would normally be. 
There is also some concern, even though no infections or major problems were reported in the 1997 ADA study, that injecting insulin through clothing -- which is not sterile -- might introduce microorganisms under the skin that could cause an infection.
Until more research is done on this topic, it is difficult to say that injecting insulin through clothing is harmless.
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