An important part of diabetes management is controlling your blood glucose (sugar) levels. One way to do this is by using insulin. All people with type 1 diabetes and many with type 2 diabetes require insulin to manage their blood sugar levels.

Starting insulin can be life-changing. It’s common to feel confused, worried, anxious, isolated and frustrated. You’re not alone. Diabetes Canada and your diabetes health-care team are there to support you.

  • To help support you in your journey with insulin, watch people living with diabetes and health-care professionals show you the parts of an insulin pen and the step-by-step process on how to inject insulin.
  • Many medications are used to manage diabetes, but the one that most people have heard about is insulin. If you are thinking of starting insulin, here are some things you will want to know.
  • Starting insulin can be life-changing. It takes time to understand everything and incorporate it into your life. Read about injection sites, insulin types, and more.
  • Do you have questions about insulin? Watch people living with diabetes who use insulin and health-care providers answer some common questions.
  • Checking your blood sugar levels provides valuable information for diabetes management. Work with your health-care team to determine a testing schedule that's right for you.
  • Low and high blood sugar can be caused by a combination of different factors. Learn more about the signs and what you should do.