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Insulin Pumps, Are They For Type 2 Diabetics?

Are insulin pumps for type 2 diabetics as well as type 1? Here's some information to help you decide. As pumps for insulin get better and smarter, they are being pushed as the next great thing for type 2 as well as type 1 diabetics who take insulin every day. Should you get one? An insulin pump is a small computer that can be told to deliver insulin in any amount all day long. It uses a tiny needle and a catheter (medical grade tubing) to deliver rapid-acting insulin. Pumps can hold 100-300 units at a time. The pump must be carried on you somewhere with the needle and/or catheter taped to your skin at the injection site. Or a pump is taped to your arm to deliver insulin without tubing, and a lot of type 1 diabetics are using it. It is especially popular among active people for whom the tubing is a problem. The rapid-acting insulin is dripped continuously into the fat layer under your skin by the pump at a rate decided by your doctors. That is called your basal rate. It goes into your body 24 hours a day almost like a pancreas would do it. Before meals or snacks you give yourself a "bolus," which is a one-time insulin dose dialed into the pump based on how many carbs you are about t Continue reading >>

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  1. Rachaellynn

    Unusual Infusion Sites?

    Hi! I have a Strange Question!
    My best friend is an RN and a T1 on an Insulin pump. I noticed one day she had her infusion set placed in her chest ( not to be gross, but to clarify better, above her cleavage line, and below the clavicle). It kinda freaked me out. She says it's great because it doesn't get caught on things while you are running around chasing patients!
    She (Like me) has a real problem with absorption rates in the stomach and her legs are worn out so she uses her arms. Now that her arms are worn out she said one of the ER docs said that he places his in his chest and it works great, and goes by the "pinch an inch" rule. We are all a little chunky, I suppose. I would love to find another place to give my arms a break but for some reason that freaks me out. I have heard other people talk about other unconventional places for their sites. What's your opinion on this? I would love to hear it!

  2. poodlebone

    I use my abdomen (upper & lower), arms, sides and now with the Sure-T sets (steel needle) I even reach around and slap them in my back! Kind of halfway down the back and not too far in toward the center since I can't reach that far. I have to be able to tape the connector down and be able to easily disconnect. Still, I could never use that space with any other type of set. I have used my legs in the past but tend to save those for CGMS sensors now. I have not had any luck with sites on my upper butt for infusion sets but can put sensors there.
    I have heard of women who use their breasts and I don't think I could ever do that. I'd go back to injections if that was the last available place I could use!

  3. bsc

    Frankly, if you are in your childbearing years, I'd be inclined to skip the "chest" area. If you built up scars, or blocked ducts you could harm your ability to nurse. Even in your later years, you may not find that it is the best place, prone to complications. While the "chest" area may seem to have plenty of fat, it is not generally a thick later of subcutaneous fat, usually the fat in the "chest" is interspersed with the other tissues.
    I do think the "pinch an inch" is a good general rule.

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