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Pros And Cons Of Omnipod Insulin Pump 2017

Medtronic 630g/670 Vs Omnipod

Medtronic 630g/670 Vs Omnipod

Im very confused between which pump to use, can anyone tell me the pros and cons of both? I cant speak about the 630 or 670, but I have used the paradigm 722 and Veo models (same as 530g in the States I think) as well as the OmniPod. A lot of it depends on the individual and its hard to know what is right for you without trying both. I prefer the Medtronic, but Im not a water/beach person and dont find the tube to be a big deal. I always wore shorts, jeans or pants with pockets since even before I was diabetic, so dont find it a big deal to carry in my pocket and it isnt noticeable. The pros are that it is very reliable, you can choose from different infusion sets based on your body type, you always have it with you if you need insulin, and its very few button pushes to bolus (and I can do it through my pocket without even looking). The OmniPod pros are no tube, waterproof (but not the PDM), and its self-inserting. Cons (for me, others will disagree) were pod-change highs almost every time, pod failures or just inconsistent results with pods, and the PDM (takes way more steps to take a bolus and its bigger than my paradigm but has to be carried around anyway to bolus). Im being really nitpicky here now that I think about it, but it always felt like a million steps because you have to hold down the on button for a few seconds, confirm yourself, then select bolus from the menu before you can get to the bolus screen. The paradigm is always on, you just push the B button and youre right in the bolus wizard. It also had an easy bolus feature where you can program a set bolus amount (eg. 0.5 units or 1 unit) and after that just push the up arrow at any time to enter a bolus in that amount (and you can push it multiple times to increase the bolus by that same amount as many t Continue reading >>

Cgm Archives - Taking Control Of Your Diabetes

Cgm Archives - Taking Control Of Your Diabetes

by TCOYD with No Comment CGM Exercise Type 1 You may never have heard their names before, but theyre out there and theyre dominating in almost every sport: basketball, football, surfing, car racing, Olympic snowboarding, Taekwon-Do and even ballet. Sean Busby, Zippora Karz, Charlie Kimball and Missy Foy are just a few professional athletes living out their dreams and simultaneously living with type 1 diabetes. Even though shooting for an Olympic medal is not the norm for most of us when we lace up our running shoes, the success of those who have can bring inspiration to people with diabetes who want to keep fit at any level. A ton of research is being done in the field of glucose management during and after exercise, and we asked two top researchers who are also athletes living with type 1, to provide insights into their work and to share their personal training regimens. Dr. Michael Riddell is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University in Canada and is considered the international authority on exercise and stress hormones and how they affect diabetes metabolism. He enjoys biking, hiking and trekking, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2013 with the World Diabetes Tour. Dessi Zaharieva is a 3rd year PhD candidate in kinesiology and health science at York University. She earned a bronze medal in Taekwon-Do at the 2013 World Championships and is currently training and competing in mixed martial arts. Her research at York is aimed at improving diabetes management and blood sugar control during exercise in individuals with type 1. TCOYD: Do you have any advice or tips for someone with type 1 who wants to take their training to the next level or take on a new fitness challenge? Unfortunately there are no magic bullets or magic solutionswhat wev Continue reading >>

Omnipod: Pros And Cons (or Happy Birthday Doris!)

Omnipod: Pros And Cons (or Happy Birthday Doris!)

Today it’s time for a little look back in the mirror. To a huge step, at least for me. Because, exactly one year ago today, I got my first insulin pump. I had been considering it for YEARS, and various endocrinologists had been trying to throw one at me for about as long. It was never really a though choice of which insulin pump to get for me, although there are many other excellent brands out there on the market. My diabetes nurse and I both quickly agreed on the Omnipod being the best fit. Why? I simply don’t like the tubing of other pumps. Tubing makes me feel more sick than I actually am, more attached, and diabetes becomes more visible. Something I’m generally really OK with, but sometimes it’s nice not to be the center of attention. I was also able to continue with the insulin I was already using (Novorapid/Novolog), so we knew that wasn’t going to be an issue. And I could finally say the long-awaited good bye to Lantus. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that insulin was not good for me. For example, I had a lump (muscle knot) in my shoulder that my poor husband tried for months to get out through spending every night massaging my shoulders. To no avail. Not until I could stop taking Lantus, I noticed three days later that the lump was gone. This isn’t scientifically proven, of course, but it is my empirical observation. So, exactly one year ago, I was scared. Scared of the unknown. Scared of having something attached to me all the time, scared of feeling trapped. Scared of people’s comments, because injections aren’t visible on the outside. Scared of that the insertion would hurt. Scared of effing everything up. Scared of “failing” and having to go back on injections. I was basically just being a general scaredy cat. Oh, how wrong I was g Continue reading >>

Omnipod Insulin Pump Thoughts | Diabetic Connect

Omnipod Insulin Pump Thoughts | Diabetic Connect

I got my omnipod in April. I LOVE IT! Absolutely best experience I've ever had in my life. I love how there's no tubing, and the fact that it inserts the cannula by itself. It's so much easier than other pumps, and my sugars are pretty constant since starting on it. I highly recommend it. :) I have had the omnipod since 2005 and it brought my a1c from a 13 to a 7.4!!! It really help me control my diabetes!!! I love it! I am on the omnipod and I LOVE it! It has made my life with diabetes so much easier and has significantly lowered my a1c11.3 to 7.5 in 3 months! :) I definitely do not miss all the needles and I like the fact that it is tubeless, it is amazing! I have used the omnipod, animas ping, and medtronic Minimed 715, 722, and 723. Medtronic is clearly my favorite. I hated the omnipod because I always lost the meter. I need a tube attached to me so I can find my pump. The animas was nice but I felt like priming it took forever (prob about a min longer than the medtronic and omnipod). When I was on the pods it was back when they were a little bigger and I would alway snag them on stuff and rip them out. And I always itched under the pod and would sometimes scratch it off. The omnipod was my least favorite but some people swear by it. You should do a trial before you buy it. It is the cheapest of all the pumps thoughsomething to consider if you have to pay for it. My cousins daughter had the omni pod and says its amazing. She loves that it's tubeless, which is appealing to me as well. How do you like the pump if you're living a super busy and not regular schedule type lifestyle? Versus shots. My BG is very well controlled on injections, and I hate to mess that up! I have the Omni Pod system now. I switched over last year from an older Animas pump. Both types of pump Continue reading >>

Getting A Cgm: My Dexcom G5 Review

Getting A Cgm: My Dexcom G5 Review

I did it. I took the plunge! About 6 months ago I got a CGM. For those of you who are unfamiliar, A CGM (continuous glucose monitor) is a little device that continuously reads my glucose levels. It takes readings every 5 minutes and I can view those readings on the receiver device to know where my sugar levels are at any given time. Without further ado here is my Dexcom G5 review! Dexcom G5 Review The CGM brand I chose is called Dexcom and I put a new one on every 2-3 weeks. It goes on like a Band-aid and peels off like one too, so I can do it right at home; no doctors office visit needed. This post won’t go into the details of how to specifically put one on (that will be another post, coming soon!), but here is a brief overview. You stick the sensor on like a Band-aid, push the plunger that inserts the small cannula under the skin, remove plunger, snap in the transmitter (aka the brains), and voila! And when it’s time to replace it (after about 2 weeks) you just peel it off and toss it in the trash. So far my experience has been great and I honestly don’t know how I went this long without getting a CGM. For some reason I was so against having a CGM (and an insulin pump) because I thought I didn’t need the help, but after a lot of consideration and talking with my incredible Endo team I took the plunge. I wanted to wait a few months before writing this Dexcom G5 review so I could really get to know the ins and outs, pros and cons of having the Dexcom CGM. So here it is… Pros of the Dexcom G5 CGM Knowing where my blood sugar is at anytime, anywhere. This is huge, especially when I am running around and don’t have time to do a full finger prick. I just pull my receiver out of my pocket and read the number on the screen. That’s it. It’s so easy! This is sup Continue reading >>

The Great Pump Switch

The Great Pump Switch

A mother of an active 7-year-old with T1 weighs the pros and cons of the MiniMed Revel and the OmniPod pumps. Im not superstitious, but that expression kept replaying in my head as my husband and I contemplated switching our 7-year-old daughter from the Minimed Revel insulin pump to the OmniPod system. Was it my subconscious fear of change talking? No, Lelas old pump was not broken, but the 4-year warranty was going to expire in the spring. It was time to think about upgrading to a new model, regardless. Oh, but she liked her pink pump. She had even becomeahemattached to it. Her adorable handmade Too Sweet pump pouch , the omnipresent bulge under her shirt, it all had become part of her identity. Everything was going so well In a way, we were circling around to the beginning of our original pump decision. When we were ready to put Lela on an insulin pump for the first time in the spring of 2010, a year after her diagnosis, the OmniPods tubing-free design had intrigued us even then. Lela had just turned 4 and she loved to play dress-up. She would change from a tutu into a princess dress into a lion costume and back within half an hour. Surely, she would no longer be able to do that with tubing attached to her? That concern, we now know, was nonsense. She found a way. She always does. But at the time, we ultimately decided there simply wasnt enough real estate on our little girls tiny body to place the sizably larger first-generation pods and find fresh sites. So, since May of 2010, Lela had been a happy Minimed pumper. But with the warranty expiring and a small crack discovered in the pump casing (see, it was brokenjust a little), we had to decide whether to upgrade to the new Minimed model thats coming out in early 2014 or to consider a more drastic change and try an e Continue reading >>

Omnipod | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Omnipod | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Hi, I am due a new pump and I have been given the option of four. One of them in the omnipod. Is anyone on this and what are the pros and cons for it. All I know is it's not got the wire. Thanks lee Hi, I am due a new pump and I have been given the option of four. One of them in the omnipod. Is anyone on this and what are the pros and cons for it. All I know is it's not got the wire. Thanks lee Hi I am due to start on the omnipod in July, have done some research online and all seems promising and yes it doesn't have a wire which swayed me really, there are some people on here who use the Omnipod maybe someone will be along shortly to help you There's a few of us on here who use the Omnipod Pump, I've been on it since Feb 2015 (it was my first pump) and opted for it over others as it was a tubeless pump. So far I can't really fault it and hope next year I'll get the chance to continue with the pump, YouTube has some good video's of the Omnipod Pump in use with some useful user feedback ............so do have a look on there to help you decide, but I'd also encourage you to have a look at the other pumps on offer and weigh-up the pro's & con's of them all. Best wishes. Hi i have been on the Omnipod since November and love it, i find it easy to use and love not having the tubing,this is my first pump so cant compere it to any other pumps. I was not given a choice so I am using an Animas Vibe. In a recent discussion with the Animas sales rep, I was asking her what improvements they had in the pipeline suggesting maybe a tube less pump like the Omnipod might be a good idea (as well as a user interface from the 21st century). She told me Animas were not goi Continue reading >>

Omnipod Insulin Pump - Review

Omnipod Insulin Pump - Review

Greg Nickleski isn't the biggest fan of needles and pricks -- so he discusses why he uses the new, slimmer OmniPod insulin pump. REVIEWER'S BREAKDOWN - PROs: tubeless and wireless -- no need for long plastic tubing patch-style attachment allows discreet wearing (can hide the pump) PDM (controller unit) has a built-in fingerstick meter, so it cuts down on the diabetes devices the user needs to carry around the Pod (insulin unit) is waterproof up to 25 feet, so even good for snorkelers or scuba divers PDM provides precise doses down to .25 units Continue reading >>

Pod Failure: The Omnipod Problem

Pod Failure: The Omnipod Problem

This past January, I celebrated my first insulin pump anniversary. I wrote a blog post in which I discussed the pros and cons of the insulin pump that I use, the OmniPod, to mark the occasion. Generally speaking, my post was a glowing review of the system and I still firmly believe that choosing to go on the OmniPod is one of the best decisions I have made regarding my diabetes. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that my post focused more so on what I like best about the pump and how these features help me. It wouldn’t have been a true review, though, if I didn’t highlight what I dislike about the pod. The most prominent item on my list of cons was pod failures—they’re disruptive, discouraging, and downright frustrating. Fortunately for me, I experienced less than a handful of pod failures in my first year in a half of using the OmniPod. This all changed this past April and May, when I experienced nearly ten pod failures total. It all started one Monday morning—I was getting settled at work when I heard an aggressive and ceaseless beeping sound, indicating pod failure. I joked about it with my manager, brushing it off as a random incident and saying something to the effect of, “I guess my pod didn’t feel like showing up to work today, either!” I drove home, retrieved my insulin, drove back to work, and changed my pod in a meeting room. It was not the ideal way to start a fresh work week, but I took it in stride. But then it happened a second time, that same week. It was nearly the same scenario as what had unfolded that Monday. Except this time, it pissed me off. I knew it was odd to experience a second pod failure in one week. Again, I drove home and got what I needed, and applied a fresh pod. I called OmniPod (again) and asked for another replace Continue reading >>

2018 New Insulin Pump Comparisons And Reviews

2018 New Insulin Pump Comparisons And Reviews

Insulin pumps are NOT commodities. There are differences between systems (some subtle, some obvious) that make certain pumps better options for certain individuals. It is astounding that so many people are given little to no choice when it comes to selecting an insulin pump. Given that pump warranties last longer than the average marriage, it makes sense to invest some time in comparing the various devices before making a selection. Every member of our clinical team has personal and professional experience with every make and model of insulin pump. We are not employed by any pump company, and we are not easily pressured (although really good chocolate has been known to sway our opinion a bit), so we can offer you fair and impartial information/insight. Please use our pump comparisons to help make an educated decision. We have listed the positive and negative features that are unique to each pump. Features that are common to all pumps, such as allowing for multiple basal patterns, are not included. At the end of the day, the choice is yours. If you would like some expert input, feel free to contact our office and schedule some time to meet or speak with one of our clinicians. And for assistance applying your pump to achieve the best possible glucose management, please reach out. Continue reading >>

The Pros And Cons Of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (cgm)

The Pros And Cons Of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (cgm)

You have probably seen me wearing a small device on my upper arm in a lot of the pictures on this website. That’s my CGM, an instrumental tool in my daily diabetes management. It’s a brilliant piece of equipment and I absolutely love it (most of the time). CGM stands for Continuous Glucose Monitoring. This device makes it possible for me to see my blood glucose readings in (almost) real-time and track historical data. The piece of equipment you see on my arm is a small sensor with an attached transmitter. The CGM then allows me to see my blood sugar levels and how I’m trending on my phone or on the receiver that comes with the CGM. There are currently two CGM systems available for personal use in the US. The Medtronic Enlite and the Dexcom. I got my first Medtronic CGM in December 2012 and wore it every day for 18 months before taking a break. I then ordered my first Dexcom system in August 2016, and that has been my go-to since. There are pros and cons to both CGM systems, and since I’ve worn both, I want to give you my opinion so you can decide if it’s something that would help you manage your diabetes better. Why using a CGM is great Information – You do your blood sugar measurements, you know your body, and you think you have a pretty good idea of what your sugars are up to between measurements. Well, you are most likely wrong. At least, I got a big surprise when I started seeing how my blood sugar actually varied throughout the day, not to mention during the night when I usually don’t test. And that’s why CGM is such an awesome tool, for that in between measurement information. All of a sudden, I could see how certain foods and activities affected my sugars over the next several hours. That information is golden! Also, being able to catch low sugars Continue reading >>

2017 Pump Choices: Why Did You Pick Yours?

2017 Pump Choices: Why Did You Pick Yours?

2017 pump choices: why did you pick yours? @SLEEs post on switching from Medtronic to Tandem reminded me what a hard choice it was for us to pick a pump, and how difficult it was to (a) understand the pros and cons and (b) figure out what was most important to us. I would have loved to know what other peoples choices were driven by. So here is how it went for us. Last December, we picked an Omnipod pump for my 12-year-old boy, after spending several months of investigations. My son is a young teenager in puberty who spends many hours every week in sports. We were really interested in the Medtronic 670 that was coming out this spring, since it can maintain closed loop control (the ill-named artificial pancreas that isnt one). But we found this pump very kludgy and really unmanageable for a kid who is spending hours every day in sports. The Tandem Tslim X2 was our next contender. We were really interested in it, and it made the final two list. We liked the touchscreen and the small size. We were worried about the fact that it had been recently introduced, and, later, what we read about practical issues in use (occlusion alarms, reservoir issues) did bother us but that was after our decision had been made. We discarded the Animas Vibe quickly. We use a Dexcom G5 so the fact that the Vibe works with the G4 was not helpful. It felt like an older generation pump. We picked the Omnipod primarily because my sons many hours of sports (including a lot of swimming) every day make it the only pump he can actually still wear while doing sports without having to disconnect. What we dont like about it: The PDM is a bit kludgy and not waterproof. It is actually an issue with us because we do a lot of water sports (for instance, we just spent a week kayak camping and destroyed pretty m Continue reading >>

Pros And Cons Of An Omnipod?

Pros And Cons Of An Omnipod?

I like the no tubing, waterproof (although falls off a lot in summer when doing a lot of swimming should look into extra adhesive). I like that it swaps out every couple of days so if something does happen to it you have more. The commitment of 5 years with the pump scared me even if it was the water proof one I feared would fall off in ocean and be lost. Downfall now with my daughter she only likes it in her belly. My daughter competitively dances and plays hockey and the no tubing is great for that. Submit Submit Continue reading >>

Pros And Cons Of Insulin Pumps

Pros And Cons Of Insulin Pumps

Tweet Insulin pumps have become very sought after by people with diabetes, particularly people with type 1 diabetes as they have a number of key benefits over injections, including allowing greater control over diabetes. Insulin pumps are not for everyone though and there are a number of disadvantages which need to be taken into account when deciding whether a pump will be right for you. Advantages of insulin pumps Insulin pumps have a number of features which allow people to take firmer control over their diabetes as well as improving quality of life for those that have struggled on multiple daily injections. Less jabs Insulin pumps require a catheter to be implanted every 2 or 3 days, which can be more involved than single injections but the benefit is that you have to do this much less often than the number of times you’d need to inject. It also means you don’t need to associate every meal with a needle. Take insulin as and when you need it Because the cannula stays implanted, it is easier and painless to take additional insulin as and when it is needed. No need to go through the injection process, just press a few buttons and you’re done. Have different basal rates at different times of day A big advantage of an insulin pump is that you can set your pump to deliver different rates of background insulin at different times of day. So, if you’re having night time hypos, but are fine during the day, with a pump you can adjust your night time basal and keep your daytime basal dose the same. It may also give more control in beating dawn phenomenon. Flexibility with food Because delivering insulin is less hassle on a pump, you therefore have more flexibility around meal times. Say you decide you want to have a dessert after all, you can go ahead without having to d Continue reading >>

Omnipod Insulin Pump

Omnipod Insulin Pump

What Are The Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes in Children? The Omnipod Insulin Pump is currently the only tubeless Insulin Pump on the market. Find out more information and reviews of the Omnipod in our articles below. It seems we are a step closer to the launch of the new Omnipod PDM. The new system will be known as the Omnipod Dash platform. The new PDM is expected by the end of 2017. WHATS DIFFERENT? Firstly the new PDM looks far more up to date with a touch screen. In fact it Removing the Omnipod can be a painful experience for Children. The adhesive really does stick hard to their skin. However it is possible to remove it painlessly. Whilst we had been advised to use baby oil that never worked for us. Fortunately there are adhesive remover sprays that are readily available to buy on the adminT1 0 Comment Insulin Pump Reviews , Omnipod Insulin Pump , Product Reviews Take a look below to find out what real life users think about the Omnipod Insulin Pump. Here users have reviewed the Omnipod to help others trying to choose the right pump for them. Find out the pros and cons to help you in your decision. adminT1 0 Comment Artificial Pancreas , Dexcom , Omnipod Insulin Pump Exciting news for users of the the Omnipod Insulin Pump and Dexcom CGM System. It looks like a Tubeless Artifical Pancreas may be on the horizon. Insulet the manufacturers of the Omnipod Tubeless Insulin Pump have just announced a partnership and licence agreement with Mode AGC (Automated Glucose Control LLC) to develop an advanced artificial adminT1 10 Comments Insulin Pump Reviews , Omnipod Insulin Pump , Product Reviews We have been using the Omnipod Insulin Pump now for 2 years. Its time to write a review to help those considering the Omnipod for their child. Choosing the right pump can feel like you Continue reading >>

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