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How does the insulin pump monitor your blood sugar?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Pump gives insulin: The Insulin pump is an electronic device that delivers Insulin at precise rates and times through a tube under the skin. People using Insulin pumps still test their sugar levels by using a glucose monitor, to figure out whether their Insulin pump rates are correct. Medtronic does make a continuous glucose sensor inserted under the skin, that can be used to transmit sugar data to its Insulin pump.
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Diabetology
Continuous Glucose M: An Insulin pump such as the minimed pump has an extra feature to monitor blood glucose or you can get a separate Continuous Glucose Monitors called Dexcom. These are useful for diabetics who have unexplained swings in their blood sugars especially when diabetics have hypoglycemia unawareness (unable to feel low blood sugars).

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How is your insulin related to your blood sugar?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Insulin lowers it: Insulin is essential for the uptake of glucose by cells from the blood. Insulin drives glucose into cells and lowers blood glucose.

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