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Does the insulin pump give you better control of your diabetes ?

Does the insulin pump give you better control of your diabetes ?

A slight edge: Studies show improved A1c up to 1% difference in comparison to multi daily Insulin injections. The quality of life however scores much higher with use of Insulin pump. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Does an insulin pump automatically control blood glucose levels?

Does an insulin pump automatically control blood glucose levels?

NO!: Hi. No, pumps only do what you, the user and programmer, tell them to. There is one pump out now in conjunction with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that has an insulin suspend function, but that's still a far cry from automatic control. At this point, CGM is FAR MORE beneficial to the diabetic than a pump. Be patient...the fully automatic pump will come in our lifetime. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are they working on an insulin pump that can also give continuous blood glucose levels?

Are they working on an insulin pump that can also give continuous blood glucose levels?

Yes: They are working on it- the artificial pancreas. The ultimate goal would be an integrated system where the continuous glucose monitor (already available) will be communicating with the Insulin pumps (already available), which can use the continuouse glucose data will be used by the pump to make decisions about Insulin rate. However, it is not yet available commercially in the near future. ...Read more

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When after being diagnosed with diabetes do you have to wait to get an insulin pump?

When after being diagnosed with diabetes do you have to wait to get an insulin pump?

Depends: There is not set time for getting an Insulin pump. It can be started at anytime during the course of diabetes if you and your doctor deem it appropriate. ...Read more

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My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

Continuous insulin: The pump keeps a constant basal level of Insulin in the blood at all times. The person can also dial in a bolus dose at meal times to cover rises in blood sugar with eating. A good description of the pump can be found here http://www.Medtronic.Com/for-healthcare-professionals/products-therapies/diabetes/therapies/insulin-pump-therapy/index.Htm. ...Read more

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I was resently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 33 days ago and i was wondering when i can get an insulin pump?

I was resently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 33 days ago and i was wondering when i can get an insulin pump?

Not yet: At this point you haven't even had time to balance your diet and Insulin well. There will then be many considerations before any trials are contemplated. ...Read more

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Is insulin pump good for all types of diabetes?

Is insulin pump good for all types of diabetes?

Approve for both: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics can be put on an Insulin pump, however, it is not the messiah of diabetes care. You get out what you put into it. If used correctly, it can significantly change your quality of life and control of diabetes. However, if you are using it simply as a glorified Insulin dispenser, then it will disappoint you. Not everyone is a candidate for an Insulin pump. ...Read more

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How does an insulin pump treat type 2 diabetes?

How does an insulin pump treat type 2 diabetes?

Very well: An Insulin pump works by delivering a steady rate of Insulin into your system. As you eat, you can give yourself periodic boluses of insulin, similar to the injections you would normally give yourself. Generally the pump is thought to give better control than individual injections. However, you still have to do your part by eating right and exercising. ...Read more

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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


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