Insulin pump therapy is often used by Endocrinologist (Diabetes Superspecialist) for quick and easy optimisation of uncontrolled diabetes. Insulin pumps can give you the better control you want for your lifestyle.
What Is Insulin Pump Therapy?
An insulin pump is a small device about the size of a small cell phone that is worn externally and can be discreetly clipped to your belt, slipped into a pocket, or hidden under your clothes. It delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin to closely match your body’s needs:
- Basal Rate: Small amounts of insulin delivered continuously (24/7) for normal functions of the body (not including food). The programmed rate is determined by your healthcare professional.
- Bolus Dose: Additional insulin you can deliver “on demand” to match the food you are going to eat or to correct a high blood sugar. Insulin pumps have bolus calculators that help you calculate your bolus amount based on settings that are determined by your healthcare professional.
How does the insulin get into your body?
- Insulin pump
- Flexible tubing delivers insulin from the pump reservoir to the infusion set
- A tiny tube called a cannula is inserted under your skin to deliver insulin
- Insulin in the blood
Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy
Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes.
- Better flexibility
- Fewer Injections
- Tighter control
- Fewer long term complications
- Better predictability
Is Insulin Pump Therapy Right for Me?
People can benefit from an insulin pump who want to:
- Increase flexibility in food choices, eating schedules, and activities
- Reduce the amount of injections
- Lower their A1C level
- Reduce hypoglycemic events (low blood sugars)
- Gain tight control before and during pregnancy
- Help with dawn phenomenon (high blood sugars in the early morning)
- Help with delayed digestion (gastroparesis)
Can children use Insulin pump?
Yes. Children can use Insulin pump. It offers the best way and most flexible way to manage diabetes in children.
If your diabetes is out of control, consult your Endocrinologist (Diabetes Super-specialist) about insulin pump therapy.