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Insulin Pump Therapy Pros And Cons

Before I embarked on my journey, with an insulin pump, I had been on multiple daily injections (MDI) for almost 15 years. It wasn’t until I began to learn about insulin pump therapy that I truly grasped how different the two were. With MDI, I feel less training was given in order for me to manage my diabetes. I didn’t learn how to carb count or even have an understanding of what insulin sensitivity was. The main focus of my diabetes management was to administer my insulin (my doses were worked out by the doctor and diabetes nurse, based on my blood glucose readings) when I needed to take it and checking my blood glucose levels. It was only with insulin pump therapy that I began to have a better understanding of my diabetes management. I had to undergo a process of training before I was given free reign with my pump. I had to learn how the pump worked and in doing so, I had to develop my understanding of carb counting, insulin to carb ratios, insulin sensitivity, and basal rates. All of which, I have, to be honest, I had no idea what it even meant. I think this is because the nutrition and diabetes management were explained primarily to my mother but this information was very ba 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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