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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?

No: You still need to place a catheter into the skin every 3 days and continue to check your blood sugars by sticking yourself a few times a day with a lancet. ...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


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How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes. ...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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Can a 7yo have an insulin pump?

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?

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?

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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Can a magnet damage an insulin pump?

Possibly: There have been reports of magnetized cell phone cases causing pumps to malfunction. Medtronic's (maker of minimed line of pumps) site recommends that pumps be removed for mris. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get an insulin pump without a endocrinologist recommendation?

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

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