Insulin Education in Spanish

Dosing Insulin in SpanishLearn useful vocabulary and phrases for insulin education in Spanish. In this episode Angel explains how insulin works and introduces the two types of insulin Señora Díaz will be using.

The level of this audio lesson is intermediate to advanced.


Ahora voy a enseñarle cómo aplicarse la insulina.
Now I am going to teach you how to give yourself insulin.

Los niveles elevados de azúcar dañan las arterias, los ojos, los riñones y los nervios.
High sugar levels damage your arteries, eyes, kidneys and nerves.

La insulina ayuda a que el azúcar se traslade de la sangre a las células del cuerpo, y a su vez, mantiene los niveles de azúcar en un rango saludable.
Insulin helps sugar move from the blood into the cells of the body, and in turn, it keeps your sugar levels in a healthy range.

Mucha gente con diabetes no tiene suficiente insulina para mantener los niveles de azúcar en un rango saludable. Y por eso es preciso aplicarse la insulina.
Many people with diabetes do not have enough insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in a healthy range. And therefore it is necessary to take insulin.

Va a aplicarse dos tipos de insulina.
You are going to give yourself two types of insulin.

Ésta, que se llama insulina lispro, es de acción rápida,
This one, called lispro insulin, is fast-acting,

y ésta, que se llama insulina glargina, es de acción prolongada.
And this one, called glargine, is long-acting.

Va a aplicarse la insulina lispro 3 veces al día antes de comer y la insulina glargina una vez al día en la mañana.
You are going to take lispro insulin 3 times a day before eating and glargine insulin once daily in the morning.

Entonces, ¿Como me la han aplicado aquí en el hospital.
So… Like they’ve been giving it to me here in the hospital.

Así es, señora.
That’s right, ma’am.


aplicarse la insulina
to give oneself (to take) insulin
*aplicar is commonly used to say administer or give when referring to an injection

(los) niveles elevados
elevated (high) levels

to damage

(las) arterias

(los) riñones

(los) nervios

to move, to relocate

(las) células

a su vez
in turn

to maintain, to keep

un rango saludable
a healthy range

ser preciso
to be necessary

de acción rápida

de acción prolongada

tres veces al día
3 times a day

In the next episode Ángel gives a detailed explanation of how to prepare the insulin using vials and syringes. Even if you don’t work in healthcare, you will learn lots of useful vocabulary and grammar in this and upcoming episodes.

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