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Pros And Cons Of An Insulin Pump

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of switching to an insulin pump rather than continuing with multiple daily injections? A: Insulin pumps are usually used to treat type 1 diabetes. They are rarely used to treat type 2 diabetes. An insulin pump has several pieces. The first is a pager-sized device. This is usually clipped to your belt or waist. This device contains your insulin. It pumps insulin into a very thin soft tube (a catheter). The catheter carries insulin from the pump to a "connector" on the skin of your abdomen. The connector is made of an adhesive pad that sticks to your skin. The connector also has a short narrow tube called a cannula. Each time you attach a connector to your body, a spring-loaded needle punctures your skin and pushes the end of the cannula under your skin. After the connector is attached, the needle is removed. For most pump kits, the connector needs to be changed once every three days. Removing the connector is no more painful than removing a bandage. Many people choose to remove the pump before intimacy or sexual intercourse. The connector can stay in place for showers or swimming. (The pump cannot. So when you do something that requires y Continue reading >>

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  1. Cynthia Floyd

    The beauty of an insulin pump is you can eat anything you want and take the correct amount of insuin to cover it. HOWEVER, you have to accurately count carbohydrates. Garbage in = garbage out. If you do not enter the correct amount of carbs into the the pump you will not get the correct dose of insulin. The pump will aslo calculate a correction dose of insulin if your blood sugar is over your target range - so pump users can get better control.

  2. Tony Sangster

    51 years on insulin, 5 of them on an insulin pump. Note the following is not to be taken as medical advice or opinion:
    I agreed with Cynthia Floyd on the pros. Plus for me I was much less prone to hypos on the pump. So much so that on the pump I could continue to drive a motor car whereas on injections the hypos were becoming too dangerous for me to retain my driver’s license.
    With the cons, I agree with Cynthia but would add that on an insulin pump practically all the reserve of insulin is in the pump. If the pump stops the short acting insulin will have finished in 4 hours time. High blood sugars and ketoacidosis loom relatively quickly.

    With taking insulin injections the long acting insulin is going to last 24 hours or so from injection time. There is more time to find insulin and correct the situation.

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