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Everything You Need To Know About Insulin Pumps

Everyone needs insulin to live. Insulin is a hormone that helps our bodies use and store the food we eat. People with Type 1 Diabetes no longer make insulin and have to give insulin in order to sustain life. People with Type 2 Diabetes don’t use their own insulin well, and over time can have trouble making enough. So, all people with Type 1 diabetes and some people with Type 2 diabetes need insulin. When people give insulin injections, they may take 1-2 injections of a long acting insulin every day and 3+ injections of rapid acting insulin for meals and snacks. The typical person with Type 1 Diabetes could take anywhere from 4-7+ injections a day. Many people currently give insulin through an insulin pen or a syringe. But, there is another option, an insulin pump. An insulin pump delivers rapid acting insulin in two ways. First, the pump is programmed to give you insulin every hour throughout the hour referred to basal insulin. Basal, think “base,” is the insulin your body needs even in the absence of food, it is also referred to as background insulin. This basal rate replaces the long acting injection that you take. Second, is bolus, this is the insulin you take for food or Continue reading >>

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  1. tresmom

    We are thinking of pumping again for my second child and need lots of feedback. My oldest had a minimed pump about 5 years ago. It was not a good fit for us. He absolutely does not want to pump again and Lantus is honestly working better for him than pumping does.
    My second ds though I would like him to try pumping as we are running into the same problems we had with my other ds at this age - difficulty managing nighttime highs while the rest of the day numbers are in range. Last time we did the pump thing I really didn't spend much time researching independently which pump would work best for us and why. I just went with the diabetic educator's recommendation. This time I really want to investigate things and see the pros and cons from real people before I make any decisions.
    I am really leaning towards the Omnipod, but want to know if there are any downsides to it. All the tubing with the minimed was a big problem for us pumping last time so the Omnipod is what I'm thinking. However, I want to be sure there aren't any drawbacks that I am not thinking of that might make me change my mind.
    I particularly would like to know how much insulin the Omnipod holds at a time and if you have to change out the site more frequently for kids that use a lot of insulin. Currently he is using 75-85 units a day and with puberty striking I think he may wind up needing more before all is said and done. (My 17 year old is hitting about 100 units TDD.)
    Any feedback from real pumpers as to why you picked your pump and what you like and dislike about it would be appreciated.

  2. danismom79

    The pod holds 200 units, so he'd definitely have to change it every 2-2.5 days. We get a full 3 days, and that's as far as you can go anyway; it expires (will deactivate itself) after 3 days.
    Another "downside" might be that it doesn't track IOB for food boluses, just corrections. There are ways around that, though.
    My daughter wanted nothing to do with tubing, and that's really the only reason we chose it over the others.

  3. tresmom

    danismom79 said: ↑
    The pod holds 200 units, so he'd definitely have to change it every 2-2.5 days. We get a full 3 days, and that's as far as you can go anyway; it expires (will deactivate itself) after 3 days.
    Another "downside" might be that it doesn't track IOB for food boluses, just corrections. There are ways around that, though.
    My daughter wanted nothing to do with tubing, and that's really the only reason we chose it over the others. Thanks, I have to wonder though if his insulin needs would go down if he was pumping? I think I remember reading pumping using less insulin than pumping. I would really like it to be able to last 3 days. Not sure that any other pumps hold more. I'll need to find that out.

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