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

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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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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How do I get help for a insulin pump?

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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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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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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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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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