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Understanding Insulin Pumps And Insulin Pump Therapy

Understanding how insulin affects your blood glucose levels, and how insulin pump therapy works, will help you with diabetes management. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone produced by cells in the pancreas, which helps our bodies convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. It’s an essential component for keeping blood sugar levels in check. If your blood sugar level is high, for example, insulin is released to help absorb excess glucose from the bloodstream and lower levels. If your blood sugar level is low, another pancreatic hormone – glucagon – is released to help deliver glucose to the bloodstream and raise blood sugar levels. In diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) at all or it does not produce or use insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes). In type 2 diabetes, the condition is called insulin resistance, in which the function of insulin is impaired causing glucose to build up in the bloodstream, and ultimately, raising blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance usually occurs before a diabetes diagnosis. Over time, the body can become more and more resistant to insulin, causing the pancreas to work overtime in secreting the hormone. Th Continue reading >>

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  1. Lindy Hazeldine

    At present I am researching the closed loop insulin pump which apparently has both glycogen and insulin in it. An implant which continuously check BSL's 'talks' to the pump which delivers the appropriate dosage of whatever. Clinical trials have been successful and if it does get rolled out, hopefully won't be too cost prohibitive.

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