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A 49-year-old member asked:

When do you need an insulin pump?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Endocrinology 51 years experience
Insulin pump: There are many answers. Can you afford the pump? Do you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Are you overweight? Are your eating habits good? The list goes on. Yes insulin pumps are excellent and there are many brands available, but before you sign up, think hard about how you can change your life to eventually get rid of your diabetes. It does happen but requires careful eating habits and exercise.

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A 25-year-old male asked:

I need more info on a insulin pump?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
See an endocrine MD: There are many web sites that discuss pumps, both from the pump companies and societies. See a doctor who does pumps regularly to discuss whether it's right for you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How often does an insulin pump need to be removed?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Usually every 3 days: If you are referring to the plastic catheter tube that delivers Insulin from the pump, and is inserted under the skin --- then this Insulin pump site should be changed in most patients every 3 days. Leaving this in longer can lead to lipodystrophy (fat pad) which prevents effective Insulin absorption, and can also lead to skin infections.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is an insulin pump?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Delivers Insulin: An Insulin pump is a device that holds Insulin in a resevoir and delivers it to the body via a small needle placed, often in the fatty tissue of the abdomen. Insulin is pumped at a rate set by the doctor/patient to provide a continuous flow of insulin. Often the patient will press a button to deliver a slightly larger dose of Insulin at mealtimes. The devices are getting smaller all the time.

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