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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
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. ...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
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
Stabilize levels: Insulin is used to treat type 1 diabetes (sometimes in young people--juvenile dm). An Insulin pmp allows the diabetic to avoid wide fluctuations in bld sgr keeping fasting @90, an hour after eating < 160, and return to @100 in 2 hrs. Eating 5 small meals per day, drinking adequate fluids, being relaxed while eating, mild daily exercise...Is ideal for anyone. That's less than 1% of americans. ...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
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
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
It depends: Just like most other aspects of diabetes management there is no "right" answer to this question. If you need additional flexibility in your Insulin dosing and don't mind being tethered to a device 24 hours a day seven days a week and your insurance will pay for it then a pump may be a good option. If you are well-controlled on Insulin injections and have issues with any of the above there may not be a reason to change. Ask your endocrinologist. ...Read more
You'll love it!: First of all, work closely with your pump trainer, ask lots of questions. Next, be sure to check your blood sugars frequently, as you won't have long-acting Insulin working if your pump or infusion site is not properly delivering insulin. Be sure you have a vial of Insulin and syringe with you in case you need to give a shot of Insulin the "old way". You will enjoy your new life as a "pumper". ...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
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
See below: Risk: pump malfunction, insertion site infection. Benefits: you always have Insulin with you (no "surprise" meals with no Insulin cause you didn't plan ahead), can take Insulin for snacks without another injection, can decrease Insulin during/after exercise to avoid lows, you can have Insulin delivered more slowly for a meal that takes longer to digest (dual wave bolus), more. ...Read more
Not usually: Pumps do take a little getting used to, and some trial and error to learn what works best for sleeping, sex, using the restroom, etc. The nurses and educators who help with the training do a terrific job to help each individual figure out what length tubing works best for them, and how to overcome any problems that arise. ...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
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