Are Insulin Pumps Permanent

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What Is Insulin Pump Therapy?

Through the following simple questions and related answers, you can get an understanding of what an insulin pump is and how insulin pump therapy works, helping you keep your glucose levels under control whilst maintaining your lifestyle. What is a pump and how does it work? An insulin pump is a small electronic device, about the size of a mobile phone. It can be easily carried on a belt, inside a pocket, or even attached to a bra thus becoming virtually invisible to others and allowing a very discreet therapy. The pump can help you more closely mimic the way a healthy pancreas functions. The pump, through a Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII), replaces the need for frequent injections by delivering precise doses of rapid-acting insulin 24 hours a day to closely match your body's needs. Basal Rate: A programmed insulin rate made of small amounts of insulin delivered continuously mimics the basal insulin production by the pancreas for normal functions of the body (not including food). The programmed rate is determined by your healthcare professional based on your personal needs. This basal rate delivery can also be customised according to your specific daily needs. For ex Continue reading >>

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  1. Marlene3


    I am seeing my doctor again in 2 months. We will be discussing pumping vs injections. I have started on injections when I was diagnosed 2 years ago, that is thus all I know. Currently I am not too sure what to think about this whole situation. I don't know if I will be able to adjust to have something attached to me permanently. If you have been on a pump and the normal injections, which do you prefer and why?

  2. Sheepdogs

    It's no different than wearing a watch all the time. That is attached to you. Or having a cell phone on your person, all the time. It's not that permanent, because one has to change sites every so many days, too. Always options for change.

  3. Terry4


    I don't know if I will be able to adjust to have something attached to me permanently.
    @Marlene3 , to a person, this is one of the first thoughts any person with diabetes confronts when an insulin pump is suggested. That exact thought held me up for over a year in saying "yes" to a pump. That was in 1986. In 1987, thirty years ago, I went on a pump and never looked back. I found the ability to inject with a pump any time and anywhere to be a great lifestyle convenience. The pump math wizard and its memory are also very nice.
    I quickly got over the idea of something attached to me all the time. I see this issue like your personal thought about injecting insulin before and after your diagnosis. Most of us now consider the idea of injecting as "no big deal."

    That being said, an insulin pump is not for everyone. Is there any penalty in giving it a trial, say 90 days? Then you can decide if a pump or multiple daily injections are best for you. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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