Insulin pump therapy is a wonderful advancement for the individual who wants to take control of their diabetes, but also live as normal a life as the person without diabetes.
The benefits of using an insulin pump is that the diabetic can exercise when they want without fear of their Blood glucose levels dropping too low or without having to eat first. The diabetic can enjoy eating without having to worry about everything they put in their mouth. They aren't subjected to multiple fingersticks every day to monitor their blood glucose levels and receive Insulin.
Most of all, the use of an insulin pump properly greatly decreased the risk of diabetic complications such as eye, kidney and nerve disease.
The insulin pump is a pager-sized device that is worn on the body or carried in a pocket or on a belt. A small plastic needle, called a Cannula, is implanted under the skin with a thin plastic tube. The two together are called an infusion set, which is inserted by the diabetic either in the abdomen, thigh, or buttocks, once every 2 or 3 days. A numbing cream and an introducer needle is used to insert the infusion set making it easier for the diabetic who feels squeamish about shots.
An insulin pump is that the pump delivers a small about of background insulin over the course of the day through this infusion set. Rather than having to test blood glucose levels throughout the day with fingersticks, the pump will test the blood glucose levels. After the diabetic has taken the reading, they can press the buttons for the correct amount of rapid acting insulin to be administered. Rapid acting insulin takes effect within 10-20 minutes. The dosage of insulin for the diabetic is unique to them based on their blood glucose levels and will help keep them within a normal range not only during mealtimes but also when they are not eating and overnight while they're sleeping.
Even though the pump is not fully automatic, it does have advantages over long acting insulin treatment and intermediate-acting insulin treatment in that the pump is already connected and monitoring glucose levels and administering insulin is quicker and easier.
An insulin pump is a wonderful treatment choice for the diabetic who is diligent about monitoring their blood glucose levels and for those who have a difficult time keeping their blood glucose levels within normal range with other treatments.
Many people with Type 1 diabetes may benefit from an insulin pump without even knowing it.