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What's an insulin pump?

What's an insulin pump?

Pump: A device that deliveres a preprogramed amount of Insulin at a preprogramed time of day. ...Read more

Dr. Roshani Sanghani
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Insulin Pump (Definition)

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


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What is an insulin pump?

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

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How does a insulin pump work?

How does a insulin pump work?

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

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What is a remote insulin pump?

What is a remote insulin pump?

Insulin pump types: The pump used in the USA are external pumps vs in some european countries there are internal or implanted pumps under the skin. I am not aware of any remote pumps ...Read more

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When is an insulin pump required?

When is an insulin pump required?

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

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When do you need an insulin pump?

When do you need an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: 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

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Where can I find an insulin pump?

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

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I need more info on a insulin pump?

I need more info on a insulin pump?

See an endocrine MD: There are many web sites that discuss pumps, both from the pump companies and societies.
See a doctor who does pumps regularly to discuss whether it's right for you. ...Read more

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What insulin pump is best for a child?

What insulin pump is best for a child?

Omnipod: My daughter an many kids use omnipod, the first tubeless pump approved in the us, combined with dexcom for cgm this is the most accurate and most physiologic "open loop" system you can use for your child. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of an insulin pump?

What are the benefits of an insulin pump?

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

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What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

What can I expect when on an insulin pump?

Insulin pump: 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

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How do I get help for a insulin pump?

See your doc: See your physician to discuss appropriateness of an Insulin pump. He/she might send you to a pump nurse/diabetes educator or to an endocrinologist to get things started. ...Read more

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Where is an insulin pump placed on the body?

Where is an insulin pump placed on the body?

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

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Insulin pen or insulin pump which is better?

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

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Which are some pros and cons of an insulin pump?

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

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How often does an insulin pump need to be removed?

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

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Can a person get sick from wearing an insulin pump?

Can a person get sick from wearing an insulin pump?

Not usually: A local infection at the site of the infusion catheter can occur. A few people may have to try several different adhesives to avoid getting a rash. But otherwise, no, Insulin pumps should not make someone ill. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: insulin pump?

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

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How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

How do I know if an insulin pump is the right choice for me?

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

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How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings?

How do I know when to change my daughters insulin pump settings?

Out of control: If her blood sugars ever go lower than sixty or higher than one fifty, the setting should be changed. I recommend checking with her endocrinologist or diabetes doctor before you do that, though. ...Read more

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What advice do you have for someone about to start an insulin pump?

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

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What are the common reasons given for not using an insulin pump and cgm?

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

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Can a 7yo have an insulin pump?

YES: Generally, age isn't a limiting factor by itself. Our center uses Insulin pump therapy in infants if necessary. ...Read more

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What are the precautions of an insulin pump?

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

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What are the risks and benefits of insulin pump?

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

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Is an insulin pump inconvenient or uncomfortable?

Is an insulin pump inconvenient or uncomfortable?

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

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I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more. ...Read more

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How is an insulin pump inserted?

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

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Is an insulin pump safe for a 19yr. Old guy?

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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more