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Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy

 
 

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Blood Sugar Control

Studies have shown that insulin pump therapy, when paired with proper training and support, may result in better blood sugar control than multiple daily injections. Additional benefits may include decreased duration of high blood sugar with no increase in severe low blood sugar, fewer large swings in blood sugar, and lower total daily insulin use.1,2,3

 

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Discretion

When you’re taking multiple daily injections, you have to pull out your pen or vial and syringe in public or find a private place to take a shot. Taking mealtime insulin with a pump can be so discreet, others around you won't even notice. If you use a pump with a Quick Bolus feature, you can even deliver a bolus with a few button presses without even taking it out of your pocket.

 

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Flexibility

Anyone with diabetes knows that blood sugar varies from hour-to-hour and day-to-day depending on many factors. Using pump features like temporary basal rates, extended boluses, and personal profiles, you can easily change insulin delivery for different situations. Because pumps use rapid-acting insulin, you can also  make adjustments “on the fly.”

 

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Convenience

Have you ever showed up to a lunch date only to realize you left your insulin at home? Or accidentally left your insulin in the car on a warm day and ruined the vial? With a pump, your insulin goes with you, so you can stay on the go! Additionally, since pumps use only one kind of insulin (just like a healthy pancreas) you have one less prescription to fill.

 

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Reporting & Analysis

Keeping detailed records of every blood sugar value, carb, and insulin dose you take is a lot to keep up with. When you’re using an insulin pump, it’s like you have an assistant keeping track of these details for you. You can also upload your pump data to a management system so both you and your healthcare provider have access to it and can make informed management decisions.

 

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Accuracy

Insulin pumps deliver insulin in precise amounts that can’t be achieved with syringes or pens. They can also calculate your insulin doses for you. All you do is enter how much you are eating and your current blood sugar value, and your insulin pump figures out the rest. This results in better matching of insulin to food.

 
 

 

What is an Insulin Pump and How Does it Work?

An insulin pump is a small medical device that delivers insulin through a fine tube (cannula) under the skin, which replaces multiple daily injections. Using personal settings determined with your healthcare provider, insulin is delivered both continuously (basal) and in larger doses for meals (bolus).

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Is an Insulin Pump Right for You?

If you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, ask your healthcare provider if an insulin pump is right for you.

Are you willing to check your blood glucose at least 4 times a day?

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Would you like a more discreet and flexible option for taking insulin?

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Are you motivated to learn new skills to help manage your diabetes?

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Would you like to take insulin in smaller increments?

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Insulin Pumps & CGM

The Best of Both Worlds

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system (sold separately) measures glucose levels throughout the day and night, providing up to 288 readings per day. A recent study by the T1D Exchange concluded that people who combined CGM with insulin pump therapy had the best overall glucose control when compared to insulin pump therapy or injections alone.4

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Getting a new insulin pump is a big decision, but it’s one that can have a very positive impact on your diabetes and quality of life. Talk to your provider about whether an insulin pump may be right for you.

 

1. Hoogma RPLM, Hammond PJ, Gomis R, et al. Comparison of the effects of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and NPH-based multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) on glycaemic control and quality of life: results of the 5-nations trial. Diabet Med. 2005;23(2):141-147.
2. Bode BW, Sabbah HT, Gross TM. Diabetes management in the new millennium using insulin pump therapy. Diabet Metab Res Rev. 2002;18(S1):S14-S20
3. Reznik Y, Cohen O, Aronson R, et al. Insulin pump treatment compared with multiple daily injections for treatment of type 2 diabetes (OpT2mise): a randomised open-label controlled trial. Lancet. 2014;384(9950):1265-1272.
4. Foster N, Miller K, Tamborlane W, Bergenstal R, Beck R, & T1D Exchange Clinical Network. Continuous glucose monitoring in patients with type 1 diabetes using insulin injections. Diabetes Care. 2016;39(6): e81-e82.