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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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Why is my skin reacting (dry patches, itchy rash) to my insulin pump sites?

Why is my skin reacting (dry patches, itchy rash) to my insulin pump sites?

Adhesive reaction?: I would wonder if you are becoming sensitive to the adhesive used at the site. It is unlikely to be a reaction to the insulin. Also, make sure there is no latex in your supplies. You might try putting some Hydrocortisone cream on your skin in the area before attaching the insertion needle. ...Read more

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Where can I find an insulin pump?

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?

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?

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

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