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Dr. Roshani Sanghani
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Insulin Pump (Overview)

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.


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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
94 doctors shared insights

Insulin Pump (Overview)

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.


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

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

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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I have a burning feeling with insulin pump. Should I be concerned?

Infusion site?: Hi. Did it start with insertion of the infusion cannula? Sometimes insertion will hit a sensory nerve and cause a burning sensation. That usually passes quickly. How old is the infusion site? Is it red or tender? If it persists, take that rig out and put a new one in in a different location. If the current site looks infected, notify your endocrinologist and be seen; sometimes antibiotics needed. ...Read more

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I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

I know a young person who is diabetic. Is there a site available for an insulin pump for him?

See the doctor: There is a process to go through to get an Insulin pump. My recommendation is for him to see his doctor for a referral to a pump educator. He can then learn the pros and cons from all the pumps. Then he can make an informed decision about which is best for him. ...Read more

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I have been on insulin 14 years and I have had a insulin pump now I ready to go back onbeen type one since I was 14 I was on the pump in my teens?

Please be specific: Sorry, but what is your question? It sounds like you have had experience with an Insulin pump before, but i don't know what you are specifically asking. ...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