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How does an insulin pump work? The typical insulin pump is attached to a thin plastic tube (an infusion set) that has a soft cannula (or plastic needle) at the end through which insulin passes. This cannula is inserted under the skin, usually on the abdomen. The cannula is changed every two days. The tubing can be disconnected from the pump while showering or swimming. The pump is used for continuous insulin delivery, 24 hours a day. The amount of insulin is programmed and is administered at a constant rate (basal rate). Often, the amount of insulin needed over the course of 24 hours varies depending on factors like exercise, activity level, and sleep. The insulin pump allows the user to program many different basal rates to allow for variation in lifestyle. In addition, the user can program the pump to deliver a bolus (large dose of insulin) during meals to cover the excess demands of carbohydrate ingestion. How common is an insulin pump? Hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes worldwide are using an insulin pump. Although insulin pumps were first used by people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes sometime use them as well. Many children successfully use insuli Continue reading >>

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  1. tralea

    Omnipod pictures

    I was looking on a board and someone posted this link that shows pictures of the Omnipod. After looking at the pictures, all I thought was . That thing is bigger than I thought!

  2. Steve F

    Yeah, I dont think I would like that thing either. Limited to the stomach area, I would assume. And then would look like you had some tumor. If they could put it on a diet and get it thinner, then might be pretty cool. Heck they can make everything else electronic thinner and smaller, so will probably do the same for it down the road.

  3. Jill

    I know people say it's not that big, but if you even have on a normal fitting shirt, I think it would totally stick out. I can only put my pump in my bra b/c it goes between my bosoms!!! I don't think I could insert an omnipod there...
    It also kinda bothers me that you can't disconnect it without wasting all the insulin inside.

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