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Doctor insights on: Types Of Insulin Pumps

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Are there different types of insulin pumps?

Are there different types of insulin pumps?

Yes: There are many companies making different pumps. Some have tubes, other are tubeless. They come in different colors, size and shape. Talk to your doctor for a referral to a pump nurse and he/she can lay out all the pumps for you and discuss each pump's pros and cons. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Do you have to be type 1 diabetic to use insulin pump?

Do you have to be type 1 diabetic to use insulin pump?

No: Type 2 diabetics who are Insulin dependent can be put on the pump as well. Dr kurzweil review: it is true that it may be possible, but unlikely. Type 2 diabetics should be controllable with good persistent medical care--nutritional, weight reduction, medication, exercise, if necessary a long-acting Insulin once daily, perhaps added short acting. A clinical expert endocrinologist could rx c pump. ...Read more

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Are there dietary restrictions for type 1 diabetics who have insulin pump?

Are there dietary restrictions for type 1 diabetics who have insulin pump?

Same as others w DM: Being on a pump does not change what ones diet should be. You should be on the same carb controlled diet as any diabetic. It does however give you the ability to take the appropriate amount of Insulin for the amount of carbs your having. ...Read more

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I am considering an insulin-type pump for administering hydrocortisone. Can this be done with martial arts, including grappling, striking, etc?

I am considering an insulin-type pump for administering hydrocortisone. Can this be done with martial arts, including grappling, striking, etc?

Don't be silly: Hi. Sorry, but you're being silly making taking hydrocortisone MUCH tougher than it has to be! I tend to use prednisone instead of hydrocortisone because of more favorable pharmacokinetics. No one would put you on HC in an insulin pump! That's truly absurd unless you're so sick you can't keep things down by mouth. See an endocrinologist who knows how to manage hypopituitarism...you'll be happier! ...Read more

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Can you give 2 types of insulin together in single syringe.. Regular and long lasting?

Can you give 2 types of insulin together in single syringe.. Regular and long lasting?

Only the older types: Insulins n (intermediate-acting) and r (short-acting) can be mixed together in the same syringe immediately before injection (draw up the r first). Newer long-acting insulins like Lantus and levemir, (insulin detemir) and rapid-acting insulins like Humalog and NovoLog can not be mixed in the same syringe, due to their unique properties. Rapid-acting insulins can be mixed with n insulin. ...Read more

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Are there any good resources you would recommend for different types of insulin therapy?

Diabetes resources: The best resource for all topics related to diabetes is the american diabetes association website -- www.Diabetes.Org. The joslin diabetes center in boston is another excellent resource -- www.Joslin.Org. Your best resource, however, is your primary care doctor who can help guide you through the maze of different insulins and your specific needs. ...Read more

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What are some different types of insulin therapy - long acting, nph, ultra short acting?

Different insulins: Long acting insulin=nph/levemir/glargine. These help control sugars when one is not eating since the liver keeps making sugar in between meals. Ultra short acting=rapid analogs=glulisine/lispro/aspart=help control sugars that rise after meals. They are the closest we have in timing profile to natural Insulin action in non-diabetics. ...Read more

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Daughter is type 1 diabetic currently using insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. Developed a bumpy rash at the site where adhesive is stuck. ?

Daughter is type 1 diabetic currently using insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. Developed a bumpy rash at the site where adhesive is stuck. ?

Site Problems!: My 16 year old also has Type One diabetes and is using those two devices for management. This could be a contact rash to one of the adhesive, possibly. Try alternating sites and possibly adding in a layer of a different adhesive, Skin Tac, for example. If the area feels HOT or TENDER to touch, then it could be an infection needing antibiotics! ...Read more