Considering an insulin pump?
If you're tired of daily insulin injections, an insulin pump may be a good fit for you. Even though some people worry that they don't want to be "attached" to something all of the time, many people find that the pump provides greater freedom than multiple injections each day.1
What's more, using an insulin pump has been shown to help adults and even very young children better control their blood sugar.1,2
A pump can help you enjoy:1,2
- Flexible eating—Insulin is matched to the food actually eaten, rather than planning meals around insulin intake
- Sleeping late—No more getting up early for injections or meals, or worrying about the high blood sugar in the morning, known as the dawn phenomenon
- Living spontaneously—Late meals, get-togethers and unexpected activities don't throw off control
- Fewer swings in your blood glucose—No more forgotten injections and reduced risk of severe lows
More natural insulin delivery
An insulin pump helps control your blood sugar by providing insulin in ways that more closely mirror the behavior of a healthy pancreas.
- Small doses of fast-acting insulin are delivered throughout the day and night, much like the constant supply of insulin provided by a healthy pancreas. Known as basal insulin, this can be adjusted to match changing needs throughout the day.
- Larger doses of insulin, known as bolus doses, are taken with meals and snacks to cover carbohydrates eaten. You can also use a bolus dose to help bring high blood glucose in range.
Together, these doses make it possible to enjoy greater flexibility in meals, activity and sleep, while helping keep blood glucose levels closer to normal.1
Reliable blood glucose control
Compared to injections, insulin pump therapy has been shown to improve blood glucose control,3 which can significantly reduce or prevent the long-term complications of diabetes, such as problems with your eyes, nerve damage and heart disease.1 Plus, in the short term, better control can mean having more energy and fewer mood swings throughout the day.4
Of course, even with an insulin pump, you have to be prepared. Pumping doesn't mean you can quit testing blood glucose or stop eating healthy meals, but it can provide more control and flexibility in your life.
1Phillip M, Battelino T, Rodriguez H, Danne T, Kaufman F. Use of insulin pump therapy in the pediatric age-group. Diabetes Care. 2007;30(6):549-554. Available at: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/6/1653.full. Accessed April 4, 2016.
2American Diabetes Association. Advantages of using an insulin pump. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/medicati.... Accessed April 4, 2016.
3Johnson RJ, Cooper MN, Jones TW, Davis EA. Long-term outcome of insulin pump therapy in children with type 1 diabetes assessed in a large population-based case—control study. Diabetologia. 2013;56:2392-2400. Available at: http://www.diabetologia-journal.org/files/Johnson.pdf. Accessed April 4, 2016.
4Polonsky WH. Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association; 1999.