Insulin Pump Therapy Offers Flexibility and Better Control
Insulin Pump Therapy Overview
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:
Small amounts of insulin delivered continuously (24/7) for normal functions of the body (not including food). This replaces your long-acting insulin.
Additional insulin you program “on demand” to match the food you are going to eat or to correct a high blood sugar.
Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy
Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes:
More flexibility by not having to follow a strict schedule for eating, activity, and insulin injections
Fewer hypoglycemic episodes (low blood sugars)2
Reduced long-term complications related to diabetes3
Better predictability for insulin absorption4
Is Insulin Pump Therapy Right for Me?
If you or a person you are caring for has diabetes and uses insulin (Type 1, Type 2, gestational, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), an insulin pump might be the right choice. People can benefit from an insulin pump who want to:5
Increase flexibility in food choices, eating schedules, and activities
Reduce the amount of injections
Lower your 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)
- Doyle EA, Weinzimer, Steffen AT, Ahern JAH, Vincent M, Tamborlane WV. A randomized prospective trial comparing the efficacy of insulin pump therapy with multiple daily injections using insulin glargine. Diabetes Care. 2004;27(7):1554-1558.
- Bode BW, Steed RD, Davidson PC. Reduction in severe hypoglycemia with long-term continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1996;19:324-327.
- The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. NEJM.1993;329:977-986.
- Lauritzen T., Pramming S., Deckert T., Binder C. Pharmacokinetics of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. Diabetologia. 1983;24(5):326-329.
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the management of diabetes mellitus. AACE Diabetes Mellitus Clinical Practice Guidelines Task Force. Endocr Pract. 2007;13(suppl 1):1-68.