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Are you considering the use of an insulin pump? More and more people with type 1 diabetes and insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes are wearing insulin pumps. Insulin pumps deliver rapid-acting insulin 24 hours a day.
Insulin pumps deliver insulin in three ways:
Benefits of insulin pumps
Insulin pumps can:
Disadvantages of insulin pumps
On the flip side, an insulin pump:
Most insulin pump users would agree that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. My two sons with diabetes both use insulin pumps and wouldn't have it any other way. If you're considering an insulin pump, you must currently be on a multiple daily insulin dose program, be experienced in carbohydrate counting, and test your blood sugar at least four times a day. A good candidate for an insulin pump must also be able to understand and work with mechanical devices or computers. Please discuss with your diabetes care team if insulin pumps interest you.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I am 67 and can not Medicare to pay for my pump. I have been on a pump for 12 years and am petrified to loose this life saving devcice. I am type 2 and do not pass the blood tests. Pump was previously paid for by my husbands health insurance.
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