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Can A Magnet Damage 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
Insulin pump: An Insulin pump is a very sophisticated means of delivering insulin. There is a small cartridge of insulin, which can be refilled periodically. Sophisticated electronics control the basal rate of insulin. Boluses can be given for meals based on carbohydrates intake, pre-meal blood sugar, and anticipated activity level. Battery operated ...Read more
Seldom: Required? Can't think of any situation where a pump is required. A pump may help someone achieve tighter glucose control, including pregnant women, people who need very small doses, people whose activities and schedule changes day-to-day, or people whose basal Insulin requirement varies through the day. Willingness to learn carb counting and to check frequently are key to getting better results. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Do not go on an insulin pump until you have had appropriate training from a diabetes educator.
When working properly your health and well being will go up and you will feel great!
If not working properly you will not do so well.
Getting things under control does not happen over night - be patient and careful! ...Read more
Insulin pump: It is worn on the outside of your body. Patients can clip it on a belt, put it in their pocket, put it in their bra, and there are even underwear or clothes with pump pockets built in. It is attached to an infusion set on your ABD skin by tubing. Go check out one of the pump websites. One of the best pumps is still the Medtronic pump. Check out this website: www. Medtronicdiabetes. Com/compare ...Read more
Depends on you: Taking Insulin by injection or by pump are both good options. There are very many well-controlled people with diabetes who do each. The primary question is which of the two ways of delivering Insulin will work best for you. People like using Insulin pumps because it simplifies the math associated with accurate testing and because it offers more flexibility in hour by hour and day by day dosing. People like injections because they are simpler and do not require being tethered to a device all the time. ...Read more
Lifestyle: Hi. Pumps are purely a lifestyle decision. All the cost & technology of a pump can't do anything for your control you can't do just as well with Lantus (insulin glargine) & Novolog/Humalog/Apidra. You have to test your BG just as much. To me, a CGM is far more beneficial for control, and if it comes to one to the other (pump vs. CGM), I say CGM hands down. The only CGM worth having is Dexcom. The Medtronic CGM sucks ...Read more
Gives insulin: 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 fine tune their gluc. ...Read more
Several: Deciding to use a pump with or without cgm is a personal decision. Some reasons it may not be right might include increased cost, complexity, not wanting to be dependent on a machine, very active lifestyle, self-consciousness, or not wanting to test as often as expected with a pump or cgm. It's a great choice for many patients, but not for everyone. ...Read more
Can be used together:
Many patients on Insulin pumps also use a continuous glucose sensor, a device that measures the glucose in the tissues under the skin. This does not totally eliminate the need to do fingerstick testing, but gives much more information than intermittent testing.
The results of displayed by the monitor can be used by the patient to make decisions about how much Insulin to take. ...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
No change: To be safe, i'd have a doctor's note but you should be able to wear your pump & carry it on the plane without problems. I would show the agent the pump, then walk through screening. They are trained to know what it is. You can use the same pump settings while on plane. 1 study came out in 2011 stating you might get a 0.623% increase in insuin delivery because of the altitude but that's nothing. ...Read more
What are the pros and cons of an insulin pump? Does it keep a diabetic type 1 insulin in better check? No other health problems.
Appropriate for some: Insulin pump is a great tool to control both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and it is commonly used. However, not all patients are candidates for the Insulin pump. The only way to know is to have a discussion with your physician about your appropriateness for an Insulin pump. ...Read more
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
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 more
Most aren't: A few clinics are involved in research for implanted pumps, where a surgeon places a pump under the skin in the abdomen, and a doctor uses a syringe to load Insulin into the pump once a month. Most Insulin pumps, though, are external pumps, where only a thin plastic tube, or catheter, goes under the skin to deliver Insulin into the fatty tissue, just as a syringe does. ...Read more
Plan ahead: Things can and do go wrong with an Insulin pump sometimes, so plan ahead for these. Infusion sites can fail if the catheter becomes kinked, or the tip comes out. Keep an extra infusion set with you at all times. Occasionally, the electronics of the pump fail, so keep a written copy of your pump settings with you. For the most part, pumping is very safe, but be prepared for emergencies! ...Read more
Can be: Insulin pumps are excellent for getting tight glucose control, and they are most often used for type 1 diabetes, aka juvenile diabetes. They do require daily maintenence & attention, and blood sugar check with every meal, so the safety depends a lot on the patient's personality. There is no substitute for an honest discussion with your doctor. ...Read more