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Pump Therapy Benefits

The following videos have been provided to educate viewers who are considering insulin pump therapy, by sharing experiences from Medtronic Diabetes patients all over the world. Living with diabetes isn’t easy, but Medtronic is here to help. Medtronic offers insulin pump therapy that provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you better control of your diabetes.1

  1. More flexibility
  2. Fewer injections
  3. Tighter control, fewer long-term complications2
  4. Better predictability3


1 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.
2 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;329:977-986A, 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.
3 Lauritzen T., Pramming S., Deckert T., Binder C. Pharmacokinetics of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. Diabetologia. 1983;24(5):326-329.

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Bret: Film Industry Professional

"I was looking for something a little bit more, something that had a whole system in which I could help better control my blood sugar."

Experience Better Control Over Diabetes

Switch to a Medtronic insulin pump to manage your diabetes.

"I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 15. In reaction to the diagnosis, I wanted to understand what diabetes was. I wanted to know what it would take for me to go back to the life I had before. It is important to have a proactive mindset, because the amount of effort you put in to learn about the condition directly affects how good your control and lifestyle will be. There are so many things you can learn about at diagnosis, including the MiniMed insulin pump that can help you to live well and take control."

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  • Insulin pump therapy provides you with a flexible way to manage your diabetes while providing better control than injections.1
  • An insulin pump is a small device that is not implanted and can be programmed to deliver precise doses of insulin to closely match your body's needs.
  • An insulin pump can be right for people with type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a way to measure glucose levels in real time throughout the day and night.
  • A blood glucose meter only provides a brief "snapshot" of your glucose level at a single moment in time. A CGM device gives you a greater view of your glucose trends, letting you know the direction your glucose levels are going, and notifies you of oncoming highs and lows.

1Bode 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.
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Jonny

"It is important to adopt a proactive mindset, because the amount of effort you put in to learn about the condition directly affects how good your control and lifestyle will be."

Keep Moving With the Medtronic Insulin Pump

Guido doesn't miss a step with our insulin pump and monitoring system.

While staying active is an important part of your health, exercise can impact your blood glucose, so staying balanced can be tricky.

"When I was a teenager, I was on multiple daily injections as I thought it was easier to hide my diabetes. Stupidly, I didn't take care of my blood glucose levels. My control was really, really bad. Eventually, I was diagnosed with necrobiosis and retinopathy. I realized then that I wanted to see my kids grow up, and that I had to get to a level of better control. The MiniMed insulin pump helped make that possible."

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"Now my glucose levels are stable and my pump allows me to choose a life with or without long-term complications. And I have chosen one without."

Staying active is an important part of managing his diabetes, and with the Medtronic insulin pump system, Guido never has to miss a step.

  • Different activities will cause different effects on glucose levels, during or after the activity. You may need to make basal insulin adjustments to achieve a balance with your particular activities.
  • Your insulin pump has two features that enable you to make immediate and flexible basal insulin adjustments to compensate for the effects of exercise on your blood glucose levels.
  • For some activities, you may choose to disconnect from your insulin pump.
  • Before water activities, always disconnect from your pump and reconnect after you are out of the water.
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Guido

"I realized then that I wanted to see my kids grow up, and that I had to get to a level of better control. The MiniMed insulin pump helped make that possible."

Managing Nocturnal Hypoglycemia

Learn how Lucia rests easy at night knowing her Medtronic insulin pump is at work.

"I've always been paranoid about not waking up in the middle of the night because of low blood sugar readings, and the Threshold Suspend feature has really given me peace of mind in that sense, because I know when it has a sensor reading of 60 mg/dL, it will wake me up."

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  • Clinical studies show that hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose (BG), can be reduced by as much as 75% when using insulin pump therapy. However, hypoglycemic events do still occur, even with an insulin pump.1
  • Low BGs occur when there is too much insulin in the body. The excess insulin moves most of the glucose from your bloodstream and interstitial fluid into your cells. Your cells use the glucose and then there is not enough glucose left in the bloodstream and interstitial fluids to provide the energy your body needs to function well or for your brain to think clearly.
  • Insulin pump therapy results in fewer hypoglycemic episodes.1


1 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.
  • Common causes of low BGs on an insulin pump include having the basal rate set too high for your background insulin, taking more insulin than needed for food or to correct a high BG, exercising without setting a lower temporary basal rate, and drinking alcoholic beverages without eating carbohydrate-containing foods.


1 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.
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Lucia: Student

"I'm glad I switched...an integrated system gives me better control."

Kids Can Be Kids with the Medtronic Insulin Pump

Tess doesn't let diabetes get in the way of her fun.

"When Tess was 15 months old, I found her drinking from the paddling pool in our garden. She was too young to tell me she was thirsty. This type of behavior lead us to discover that she had type 1 diabetes and she was put on a regimen of 4 injections a day. It was always difficult to keep control because most of the time Tess would be high but then she would crash unexpectedly which made life difficult for everyone. On her 2nd birthday, she was put onto the MiniMed insulin pump and since then, we have felt that we have Tess back again. To all other parents who have thought about getting their child an insulin pump, I would tell them to get one as soon as possible!"

Note: Not all Medtronic products are indicated for children.

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  • Depending on how much your child wants others to know, consider encouraging him/her to do a "show and tell" about their diabetes and their cool pump technology.
  • Hanging out and playing with friends is one of the best ways for your child to be healthy and stay emotionally balanced. Your child's social life while on a pump can be as flexible as your child's schedule demands, improving your child's mood and quality of life.
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Anna & Tess

"To all other parents who have thought about getting their child an insulin pump, I would tell them to get one as soon as possible!"

Manage Long Term Complications

Christian feels better knowing he's maintaining healthy glucose levels.

"Being diagnosed with diabetes was a very sad moment for me. At 20 years old I felt all my dreams melting away. Then, as I started to learn more about my condition, the more I started to dread the possibility of long-term complications caused by poor glucose control (at that time, I wasn’t managing my diabetes well at all on multiple daily injections). But now, I can better control my blood glucose levels. I live a healthy, active life and I have no signs of any long-term complications. I am so grateful for that."

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  • Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes and reducing long-term complications.

1 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;329:977-986A, 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.
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Christian

"I live a healthy, active life and I have no signs of any long-term complications. I am so grateful for that."

Get Early Control with a Medtronic Insulin Pump

Jane's daughter, Emily got a head start on her diabetes management.

"I was diagnosed 6 years ago and started with multiple daily injections. Although I worked very hard at them, they simply didn't fit with my lifestyle and I found trying to manage my diabetes frustrating and exhausting. So, when the insulin pump was suggested to me, I was very happy and ready to try it. My HbA1c improved and is still improving, as I learn more tips and ways to use my pump. I realized that if I had started using my pump sooner, I could have achieved better control years earlier. When my daughter Emily was diagnosed last year, I was very glad that she could start on her pump much faster and achieve good control."


Note: Not all Medtronic products are indicated for children.

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  • If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options.
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Jane & Emily

"My HbA1c improved and is still improving, as I learn more tips and ways to use my pump."

Have a Healthy Pregnancy with a Medtronic Insulin Pump

Maria manages her diabetes for herself and for her baby.

"I used multiple daily injections for 17 years before I started to think about getting pregnant. My doctor told me I needed to get to lower levels of A1c and achieve glycemic stability to have a pregnancy free of complications, so he offered me a MiniMed insulin pump. With MDI (multiple daily injections), my HbA1c was 8.3%, but with pump therapy it dropped to 6.4%. Shortly after, I found out I was pregnant. I often joke that our child is the son of my pump. I am very thankful."


Note: Not all Medtronic products are indicated for use by pregnant women.

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  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can be used by women with gestational diabetes who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives.
  • If you have diabetes and are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about insulin pump therapy.
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Maria

"I often joke that our child is the son of my pump. I am very thankful."

Help Your Kids Stay at Play

The Medtronic insulin pump helped Martina care for her daughter's diabetes.

"When Anneli was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, my first thoughts were that I wanted our lives to go on just as they were; having fun, laughing, without having to always worry about insulin levels. Our physician and nurse at the hospital convinced me that by using an insulin pump Anneli would have better control – and a better life. They were so right! Over the years, we have participated in women's races together, flown around the world and even been skiing in Lapland. Thanks to the MiniMed insulin pump and Anneli's better control, we can do everything again."

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  • Teach your child to ask what's in the food being offered and try your best to let people know about any limitations. Take into consideration what sweets may be served at a birthday party or how much physical activity your child will be involved in.
  • The Medtronic insulin pump technology with its CGM capabilities can simplify meal planning on the go.
  • Work closely with your child's teachers, school administrators, and school nurses so they become your greatest allies in helping your child maintain a comfortable pump routine at school. Always make sure key individuals at school, including your child's closest friends, have accurate and current emergency contact information.

Note: Not all Medtronic products are indicated for children.
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Martina & Anneli

"Our physician and nurse at the hospital convinced me that by using an insulin pump Anneli would have better control – and a better life."

Enjoy All the Benefits of Your Medtronic Device

Simon started on an insulin pump two years after his initial diagnosis.

When you make the change to using a Medtronic insulin pump, you can enjoy the features, benefits, and peace of mind that myMedtronic offers–not to mention the convenience of ordering your supplies online. Use this simple site to update all of your shipping and billing information, and learn about when you’ll be eligible to upgrade to the newest devices.

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  • Use the myLearning function of myMedtronic to take classes on how to best maintain control over diabetes.
  • Use the My Account feature to manage account information, passwords, and insurance and pharmacy information.
  • Manage your supply orders by viewing order history. Maintain a list of supplies that are always needed by updating a Favorites list.
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Simon

"The best thing about an insulin pump is that I don’t need to adjust my life to my diabetes."