Insulin Pump Therapy / Diabetes Pump Theraphy
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.
Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy
Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes1.
- Fewer needle pricks: The pumps require a needle stick every 2-3 days in comparison to the multiple pricks in a single day from insulin injections.
- Precision: They allow accurate delivery of insulin to the 1/10th that is beneficial to people sensitive to small doses, like children.
- Dose calculations: Pumps have a calculator that saves the user from the extra math by helping to determine the doses based on the carb intake, blood glucose levels and the amount of insulin still active from the previous doses.
- Flexibility, convenience, and spontaneity: They allow easy adjustments with buttons to either increase or decrease the bolus for accommodating the changes in daily life like dining out, sports, growth, and illness or managing the dawn phenomenon (drop in glucose levels at night time).