By the dLife Editors
Insulin pumps are an alternative to manual injections, instead providing a constant flow of insulin. Insulin is delivered from the pump through a needle or catheter placed under the skin. Some insulin pumps have tubing that brings the insulin from the holding cartridge in the pump to the catheter, while other pumps are tubeless and administer insulin directly to the catheter from the pump. In addition to not having to endure the pain and inconvenience of multiple daily injections, pump users have more control of their insulin flow than do people taking injections. Pumps provide the opportunity to program multiple basal rates, multiple insulin-to-carb ratios, and they keep track of the insulin you have active in your blood stream. Insulin pumps also come armed with the technology to calculate the amount of insulin you’d need to cover the carbs in a meal or to correct a high blood sugar. Pumps help take the guesswork out of calculating your insulin doses.
For people with type 1 diabetes, insurance coverage for insulin pumps is good. Also, most pump companies have resources to help work through insurance hurdles. Talk with your doctor about pumping insulin to see what options are available to you.
Today’s insulin pumps are extremely safe, comfortable, and easy to wear. There are patch pumps, tubeless insulin pumps, and touchscreen pumps. Some pumps are already integrated with modern continuous glucose monitoring technology, and several companies are working towards automated insulin delivery. Wearing an insulin pump may take a little adjustment time, but for many people with diabetes, the pros outweigh the cons.