Is An Insulin Pump Best For Your Diabetes?
Contributor: Shannon Knapp, BSN, RN, CDE If you have diabetes, you may be curious about insulin pumps, which deliver rapid-acting insulin as both a small, steady flow 24 hours a day (basal) and a larger surge for meals, snacks, and high blood sugars (bolus). The good news is that there is a lot of information available about insulin pumps. Also, many hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic, have classes for people who are considering them. Here’s how an insulin pump works: The device, which is about the size of a small cell phone, provides insulin through a small flexible tube called a cannula. The cannula is part of a tubing set called an infusion set. It is inserted under the skin using a needle, which is then removed — leaving only the cannula. Do some research and talk to your doctor if you are considering a pump because there are both pros and cons to using one. Here’s a rundown on advantages and disadvantages: What are the advantages of insulin pumps? You don’t have to give yourself as many injections. For people who require three to four insulin injections each day, using a pump can be a big benefit. With an insulin pump, you’ll only need a “stick” once every two Continue reading >>