Transitioning to an insulin pump from injection therapy is a significant change, but can provide many benefits and improve your overall health.
Moving from insulin injections to a pump is a big transition, but a smart decision given the many benefits a pump provides. Even though injections are less expensive and require less education, there are still many benefits that an insulin pump provides. Here are a few of the changes to expect:
- Better control
An insulin pump gives you the opportunity to have better control of your blood sugar by continuously delivering insulin causing fewer highs and lows in glucose levels. In addition, insulin delivery through a pump is more accurate and precise.
- More flexibility
Insulin pumps offer you more freedom with what you eat and allowing you the ability to exercise without having to eat a large amount of carbohydrates.
- Less resistance
If you are currently using injections, you may develop less resistant areas of your body where the insulin will not absorb properly.
- Less painful
With a pump, you may have one injection every three days versus roughly 15-18 injections in a three-day person with injection therapy.
Once you have made the decision to transition, you might experience a few challenges. Here’s what to expect and how to manage those challenges.
- Overall well-being. After the physical transition, an insulin pump will improve your overall health and can make you feel better on a consistent basis. With a moderated blood sugar level, your overall daily routine should improve.
- Appearance. Since you will have a physical pump hanging from your side, this will be something for you to consider how to transition. If you are concerned with how to hide the pump, we recommend trying a few different things to figure out what works for you. Fastening the pump on belt loops and using pockets can all help you find a workable solution.
- Patience is key. You must be patient with the transition process and realize that it can take several months before you are comfortable using your pump. Your body will take time to adjust to the new system.
The pump is not for everyone, just like injection therapy is not the best solution for all. When you decide to move to an insulin pump, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to learn how to program your insulin pump, insert your infusion set and learn how to problem-solve any issues you may have with your pump as well as your glucose levels. You can also find a workshop that can help you better understand the features of your pump and help you gain better control of your glucose levels. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the insulin pump or making the transition, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to help and answer your questions regarding diabetes and diabetes supplies.
Contact us today toll-free 1-866-403-6287.