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The Insulin Pump That Changed My Life: “why I Can Feel Like A Normal Kid Again”

When Isabella Pileggi was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas no longer produces the hormone insulin, which is necessary to convert glucose into energy. Although there is no cure for the condition, it can be managed by carefully monitoring Pileggi’s diet and blood glucose levels throughout the day, and administering appropriate doses of insulin to keep those levels within a normal range. For children with type 1 diabetes, this can be a stressful way of life—for both the patients and their parents. But kids like Pileggi now have a new tool to help manage type 1 diabetes: the Animas® Vibe® Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System. The system is comprised of a pump that delivers insulin, as well as a sensor and transmitter that obtains glucose readings from under the skin every few minutes. Those readings are then sent wirelessly to the pump, alerting users if readings are trending low or high, so they can better manage their diabetes. In January 2016, the FDA expanded the approved age indication for the Animas® Vibe® System, making it the only CGM-enabled insulin pump in the U.S. approved for pa Continue reading >>

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  1. FrancesJames

    Insulin pumps

    Which pump is best? Easiest to use and with at least a 3.0 insulin reservoir? I am considering a pump..the shots are just not working for me. I have been on shots for 29 years now. Give me all the pros and cons you can..Thank you in advance..

  2. Karen337337

    Frances, I've been on the Medtronic for 25 years. I've just recently purchased the OmniPod but have not started it yet. The one reason I haven't is because you do have to change it every 3 days and you have a certain amount of insulin that needs to go into the reservoir. I do not use all the amount so a fair amount is wasted. I like my Medtronic, but I'm just use to it and tend to stay "behind" in updates. : )

  3. Type1Lou

    There are many good pumps out there. The ADA's magazine, "Diabetes Forecast" does a comparison each year of the products used for diabetes. Pumps are included in this "Consumer Guide". I am currently using a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump but would upgrade to Medtronic's 530G with Enlite(CGM) if I had insurance coverage for the CGM. The Revel comes in 2 models and the 723 model has a 300 unit reservoir. The 530G comes in 2 models: Model 551 has a smaller reservoir (180 units) while Model 751 has a 300 unit reservoir. All of Metronic's pumps have tubing and have to be removed when bathing or doing water sports. There are other pumps out there that are tubeless and waterpoof. Omnipod is one. But I believe the pod only holds 200 units. I've heard good things about the Assante Snap which uses 300 unit pre-filled cartridges and the Tandem Diabetes Care T-slim pump which uses a 300 unit cartridge. All of this information comes from the 2014 ADA Consumer Guide which appeared in their January 2014 issue. I see that Jayabee52 in his reply below has noted the link to the ADA's site for the 2015 guide…http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2015/mar-apr/... I LOVE my pump and hope I never have to go back to shots.

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