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Tweet Insulin pumps are portable devices attached to the body that continuously deliver amounts of rapid or short acting insulin via a catheter placed under the skin. They are seen as a better alternative to insulin injections as they reduce the need for multiple insulin jabs per day and give the user increased ability to control blood glucose levels. Around 1 in 1,000 people with diabetes wears an insulin pump. What is an insulin pump? An insulin pump is a small device (a little larger than a pack of cards) that delivers insulin into the layer of fat that sits just below the skin (subcutaneous tissue). Because the insulin pump stays connected to the body, it allows the wearer to modify the amount of insulin they take within the press of a few buttons at any time of the day or to program in a higher or lower rate of insulin delivery to occur at a chosen time, which can be when sleeping. An insulin pump consists of the main pump unit which holds an insulin reservoir which typically holds between 176 and 300 units of insulin. The reservoir is attached to a long, thin piece of tubing with a needle or cannula at one end. The tubing and the bit at the end are called the infusion set. In Continue reading >>

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  1. FrancesJames

    Insulin pumps

    Which pump is best? Easiest to use and with at least a 3.0 insulin reservoir? I am considering a pump..the shots are just not working for me. I have been on shots for 29 years now. Give me all the pros and cons you can..Thank you in advance..

  2. Karen337337

    Frances, I've been on the Medtronic for 25 years. I've just recently purchased the OmniPod but have not started it yet. The one reason I haven't is because you do have to change it every 3 days and you have a certain amount of insulin that needs to go into the reservoir. I do not use all the amount so a fair amount is wasted. I like my Medtronic, but I'm just use to it and tend to stay "behind" in updates. : )

  3. Type1Lou

    There are many good pumps out there. The ADA's magazine, "Diabetes Forecast" does a comparison each year of the products used for diabetes. Pumps are included in this "Consumer Guide". I am currently using a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump but would upgrade to Medtronic's 530G with Enlite(CGM) if I had insurance coverage for the CGM. The Revel comes in 2 models and the 723 model has a 300 unit reservoir. The 530G comes in 2 models: Model 551 has a smaller reservoir (180 units) while Model 751 has a 300 unit reservoir. All of Metronic's pumps have tubing and have to be removed when bathing or doing water sports. There are other pumps out there that are tubeless and waterpoof. Omnipod is one. But I believe the pod only holds 200 units. I've heard good things about the Assante Snap which uses 300 unit pre-filled cartridges and the Tandem Diabetes Care T-slim pump which uses a 300 unit cartridge. All of this information comes from the 2014 ADA Consumer Guide which appeared in their January 2014 issue. I see that Jayabee52 in his reply below has noted the link to the ADA's site for the 2015 guide…http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2015/mar-apr/... I LOVE my pump and hope I never have to go back to shots.

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