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Can A 7yo Have An Insulin Pump
Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to ...Read more
Can you tell me how having an insulin pump may decrease the chance of a diabetic having a diabetic emergency?
It helps: But does not prevent diabetic complications. One must be dedicated and have a good understanding of the disease, when used correctly and with the guidance of an endocrinoologist glucose control is maintained within a tight range preventing the premature onset of complications, . ...Read more
Generally, no: Any kind of diabetes is disqualifying for military service. Read more here: http://tinyurl.Com/ceq9hp under endocrine and metabolic disorders. It is possible to apply for a waiver, but i strongly doubt one would be granted for someone with type 1 diabetes, or on a pump. The marines would probably be the least likely service to accept anyone with any kind of pre-existing medical condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle: Hi. Insulin pumps don't do anything for control you can't do with a good non-pump regimen (e.g., Lantus, (insulin glargine) and Humalog/Novolog/Apidra) before each meal. Pumps don't do anything magic. You still have to test BG frequently and TELL the pump what to do. I wish you Grandpa the best. ...Read more
Im looking for a doctor that can give me a prescription for a diabetic insulin pump im covered by Medicaid and need the pump urgent?
Prescription: Unless I am mistaken, at your age you have type 2 diabetes and you don't need an insulin pump. What you do need is a nurse practitioner to help you get rid of diabetes. Will take some time to get fully under control but certainly better than an insulin pump. You might not even need insulin. Please keep me informed. ...Read more
What happens if someone has had diabetes for 24 years and have retinopathy .could they get an insulin pump from the diabetes clinic ?
Insulin pump: There are lots of ways you can get an insulin pump. You don't need to wait until you have retinopathy and insurance may cover it. But it is not necessarily the answer for diabetes. Although the pump infuses insulin, you still need to test your own glucose.... many times per day. You still need to count carbs, and tell the pump what to do. Talk to your diabetes doctor. ...Read more
Insulin pump: Most Primary Care doctors and Endocrinologists get visits from Pharmaceutical company reps and they often leave "pumps" to show to you. Every one will tell you which one is better than the others, but that is your choice. All pumps are excellent and they are improving over time. Pumps are most often used in type 1 diabetes and that is the best way to go. The new systems will improve with time. ...Read more
Yes: Any physician can order one but that's not recommended. It requires careful monitoring and adjustment at times. An endocrinologist is most experienced in this and so it's best to go to one in order to get the pump in the first place. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone has had diabetes for 24 years and have retinopathy .Could they get an insulin pump from the diabetes clinic ?
No : No these are 2 different types of treatments for ed. The "air" vacuum pump may be used for 30 min and engorges the penis with the use of a band at the base of the penis. The penis is firm due to the suction of the vacuum device. The penile prosthesis gives a very hard more natural erection. This is totally enclosed with the pump in the scrotum and no limit on the time of erection. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may..: Low cpeptide suggests that your body is not making enough Insulin and so providing your body with Insulin via a pump or injections may help better regulate your sugar. The pump provides better control because it provides a constant preset-levels as well as meal coverage better than injections can. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My doctor will not perscribe me an insulin pump for my type 1 diabetes due to having medicare. I need a pump because I am legally blind and can't well?
Find a new doctor: Medicare requires that you have a fasting C-peptide test performed or have a + GAD antibody screen. Go to: http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/ or www.medtronic.com. Ask which doctors in your area prescribe insulin pumps. They will be happy to direct you to the best local pump doctors. Dont give up! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call local center: There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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