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A 35-year-old female asked:

I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 18 years and now have some retinopathy in the right eye. i would like to get an insulin pump, but can't afford on?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Get the pump: Multiple studies have shown that patients who control their blood sugar, blood pressure and their cholesterol levels have a much lower chance of developing eye problems, kidney disease, peripheral nerve problems and peripheral circulation problems. If you already have some of these problems, beter control canlimit the severity of your diseases and may help reverse some of the damage. Get the pump.
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Better control key: The most important thing to improve or prevent retinopathy is better blood sugar control. You don't need an Insulin pump to do this. You should be on basal/bolus Insulin regimen (lantus (insulin glargine) once or twice daily, Humalog not humulin before each meal). If this does not improve blood sugars well enough, then one can consider an Insulin pump. See an endocrinologist.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: Maybe, i don't know, company may offer some assistance if you meet some sort of financial guidelines. No harm in asking!

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