Before deciding if an insulin pump is right for you, learn more about what to expect!
Deciding if an insulin pump is right for you is a big decision. Many patients choose an insulin pump because they find it allows them to manage their diabetes easier. However, before making your choice, here are a few things to take into consideration.
How it Works
An insulin pump delivers insulin to your body throughout the day simulating the continuous release of insulin through your pancreas. You can control how much insulin is delivered by two different methods. There is the basal rate method, which sends a small amount of insulin at preset times and keeps your blood sugar stable between meals. Basal insulin is the “background” insulin needed throughout the day to maintain your target glucose values when you are not eating. Your basal insulin accounts for about half of your daily insulin requirements.Then, there is the bolus rate, which is a larger dose given before meals to “cover what you eat.”
With a pump, a needle (canula) is inserted in the skin in the abdomen. The canula is connected to an infusion set which is connected to the insulin reservoir in the insulin pump and stays in place for two to three days. Based on your specific needs, you can program the pump to inject insulin when you need it. This method is much more automated than traditional injections, where you use a syringe or insulin pen device and have to manually inject yourself every time you need insulin.
- Users report better quality of life compared to using other devices for delivering insulin.
- The use of rapid-acting insulin for basal needs gives much more freedom from a structured meal and exercise regimen.
- More precise amounts of insulin can be delivered as compared to a syringe.
- Studies of people with Type II diabetes on insulin pumps have shown noticeable improvements in HbA1c, sexual performance, and neuropathy pain.
- Insulin pumps, cartridges, and infusion sets may be far more expensive compared to syringes for insulin delivery.
- Some users may find that wearing the pump all the time (together with the infusion set tubing) is uncomfortable or unwieldy.
- Possibility of the insulin pump malfunctioning
- Users may experience allergic reactions or skin irritations from the adhesive on the back of an infusion set.
Who Can Use it
Typically more people with Type I than Type II diabetes use insulin pumps because they are insulin dependent but there has been an increase in pump usage by people with Type II diabetes.Ultimately, choosing a pump is a big decision. Make sure that you consult with your physician to discuss your individual situation and lifestyle. An insulin pump may be just the thing to get your diabetes under better control.
If you have questions, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are always ready and able to help you with your diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies.
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