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 >>