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Medtronic Minimed 530g Insulin Pump With Cgm - Review

Longtime type 1 Travis Fuger reviews the Medtronic Minimed 530G system, including an advanced insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). REVIEWER'S BREAKDOWN - PROs: the CCM sensor interacts with the insulin pump directly instead of another gadget, meaning you have less stuff to carry around the Enlite sensor is small and discreet, making it easy to wear on a day to day basis "Threshold Suspend" technology is the first of its kind and helps prevent overnight and activity lows Medtronic's CareLink software helps break down pump data, so the patient or caregiver can be more hands-on and knowledgeable about blood sugar trends and medication effectiveness CONs: the CGM and pump are inseparable, so the CGM cannot be used without the pump less accurate than other CGMs on the market calibrating can be difficult and prone to error (readings can be 40-100 points off) and in order to recalibrate the sensor you have to start the sensor as new Enlite sensor requires a lot of medical tape to keep it from being affected by movement, which can cause skin irritation CareLink software takes longer to update for Apple products Tell us what you think. RELATED COMMUNITY LINKS: 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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