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Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps are an increasingly common treatment for type 1 diabetes. They can improve glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes but do not suit everyone. An insulin pump delivers insulin every few minutes in tiny amounts, 24 hours a day. It is usually about the size of a deck of cards, but can be much smaller. The insulin flows through a cannula which sits in the subcutaneous tissue (where you inject) and is changed by the pump user every few days. Basal (background) insulin is programmed to meet the pump user’s needs. The bolus insulin is delivered at the touch of a button to cover food or bring down a high blood glucose level. Only rapid-acting insulin is needed and provides all your insulin requirements. Insulin pumps reduce the need for multiple injections and give the user the ability to make smaller, more accurate adjustments to insulin delivery. Note: insulin pumps do not measure blood glucose levels, but some pumps can read the signal from a separate glucose sensor. What sort of insulin pumps are there? There are a number of different types of insulin pump and accessories. They vary in aspects such as weight; units of adjustment; whether they have tubing or not an Continue reading >>

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  1. Amy Anderson

    Hmmm...the first thing I thought of was your insulin supply. You may not have changed what kind of insulin, but have you changed where you purchase it or how? Perhaps the old seller did not store it properly and it lost efficacy. Or maybe you have changed where you keep your insulin and it is better preserved now.
    And even though you said 'no changes' are you certain...?
    type of infusion set
    location of infusion
    length of tubing
    pump software or hardware upgrade/change
    more activity (not necessarily planned exercise but this could mean a more active job or taking on more household chores on a regular basis, or even more sex)
    less stress or even being more happy (new relationships or shedding unhealthy ones)

    change in restaurants - did you stop at X restaurant on the way home to get a soda and they always gave you non-diet and you never caught on
    All of the above have influenced my blood sugar and/or someone I know.
    All in all, needing less insulin is a good thing. But one of the crappy things about this disease, as I know you are aware, is all those X factors that influence blood sugars. You can do the exact same thing two days in a row and have different BS results and insulin needs. Grrr!

  2. Tony Sangster

    TID 51 years: please note that the following is not to be taken as medical advice or treatment.
    Your question is best answered by your doctor. The following is about my experience which may not mirror yours.
    My experience as a teenager was of weeks of increasing insulin requirements ( interpreted by my doctor as due to a growth spurt, where hormones antagonistic to insulin were on ‘full throttle, as it were) followed by hypos because, it was explained, my growth spurt had ceased, growth hormones had eased back and now I needed less insulin, sometimes as much as 50% less. And this was in the days on Regular insulin and NPH, no pumps, no meters.
    A period of high stress and poor sleep leading to increased insulin resistance and requisite increase in insulin doses could be followed by an insulin dose reduction of 20 to 35 % on resolution of stress and return of normal sleep pattern. Studying and doing end of year exams was the usual cause of stress. Again my doctor and nurse educator helped with explanations and advice.
    I have had insulin dose reductions of 20% or so when changing from insulins like Actrapid and NHS to Novo rapid and determir apparently due to the more reliable absorption of the latter two insulins. Also when graduating in 2012 from six injections per day of Novo Rapid and determir to Novo Rapid via insulin pump my daily insulin dose requirement fell by about 10 to 15%.
    After I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in 2011 and receiving optimal treatment for that, my insulin dose decreased by about 15% on average compared to prior to diagnosis and treatment.
    For me, daily exercise on average seems to require about 20% reduction in insulin compared to if i maintained a couch potato status.

    Beyond that my reading suggested changes after giving birth, when lactating, weight loss ( i know you have excluded that), dietary changes and from kidney failure . Again this is an incomplete list and your doctor is the appropriate person to discuss your question with..

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