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Insulin Pump Therapy
for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 DiabetesYou have type 2 diabetes, but diabetes shouldn’t rule your life. You want to manage your sugar levels well, but with shots, you must deal with frequent challenges to keep your sugar levels under control. You wish there was an easier way to manage insulin dosing without compromising your health. You’re not alone.

Insulin pump therapy helps you achieve better control by providing convenient insulin delivery that’s easy for you to manage.

Who can benefit from insulin pump therapy?
"Using the insulin pump has dramatically changed my life. I no longer have to take multiple daily injections and the preset dosages meet my needs."
Using Medtronic insulin pump therapy

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Who can benefit from insulin pump therapy?

You may be a candidate for insulin pump therapy if:

  • You are taking three or more insulin injections per day.
  • You may be taking additional medications for your diabetes management, beyond just insulin.
  • Your healthcare provider informed you that your A1C is elevated and your diabetes is not well controlled.
  • You find it challenging to follow your prescribed insulin regimen for diabetes management.
What meter should I use with my Medtronic insulin pump?

What are the advantages of insulin pump therapy over multiple daily shots?

No more long-acting insulin shots
Instead of using long-acting insulin (like Lantus or Levemir), which can pool under your skin or not absorb evenly into your body, insulin pump continuously delivers only rapid acting insulin (like Humalog or NovoLog), which is absorbed more predictably.1 Studies show you’re up to six times more likely to achieve your target A1C with continuous insulin delivery than with shots.2

Easier way to take insulin
With insulin pump therapy, you can be more flexible about when you eat on outings without constant worrying about injections. If you want to eat, just push a couple of buttons on the pump to get more insulin. If you want to delay a meal, you can.

Fewer injections
Multiple shots per day can mean more than 120 shots per month. With insulin pump therapy, you only have to insert your infusion set 10 to 12 times per month.

Achieve lower A1C with insulin pump therapy

Insulin pump therapy is clinically proven to reduce A1C better than multiple daily shots for people with type 2 diabetes.3

Studies have shown that A1C reduction can significantly reduce the occurrence of long-term complications.4, 5 With insulin pump therapy, you can worry less about your risk for long-term complications, such as:

Studies have shown that A1C reduction can significantly reduce the occurrence of long-term complications

Achieve lower A1C with insulin pump therapy
What is a pump and how does it work?

What is a pump and how does it work?

The insulin pump is an external device about the size of a cell phone that you can easily carry on a belt, place inside a pocket, or wear under your clothes. The pump contains insulin and delivers it in a continuous and precise flow through a thin, flexible tube called an infusion set. The end of this tube sits comfortably under the skin and is replaced every two to three days.

Basal rate
You can program your insulin pump to continuously deliver tiny and precise amounts of insulin 24 hours a day. This is called the basal rate. The basal rate helps you maintain normal sugar levels between meals and overnight. Your baseline insulin needs may fluctuate throughout the day and the pump can match that with different basal rates.

Bolus dose
You can deliver additional insulin, called a bolus dose, to cover meals and to correct a high blood-glucose reading.

Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy

More convenient diabetes management

Using the insulin pump relieves you from many of the hassles of treating type 2 diabetes with a syringe or pen.

  • With insulin pump therapy, you can achieve lower A1C with less diabetes medication than with daily shots.3
    Take less insulin. Total daily insulin dose was 20% lower with the insulin pump than with multiple daily shots.3

    Take fewer oral medications. People using the insulin pump take fewer pills for their diabetes than with daily shots.7
  • Convenient insulin pump features make it simple to use.
    • Flexible options help you determine how much insulin to take for meals, delivered painlessly and discreetly with the push of a few buttons on your pump.
    - The Bolus Wizard feature6 helps you calculate the proper insulin dose to match your meals.
    - Simplified bolus methods allow you to select fixed insulin amounts for different meals.
    • Missed Meal Bolus Reminder will help to remind you to give yourself insulin with meals.
    • A 3ml/300-unit capacity maximizes use of the insulin reservoir and minimizes infusion set changes.
  • No more keeping log books.
    Insulin pump with CareLink™ software automatically records your blood sugar levels and all the insulin you’ve taken over the past month, so you don’t have to keep track with daily logs. It can also wirelessly transfer the information to a computer for you or your doctor to see online.
    • 1 Lauritzen T., Pramming S., Deckert T., Binder C. Pharmacokinetics of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. Diabetologia. 1983;24(5):326-329.
    • 2 Doyle EA, Weinzimer, Steffen AT, et al. A randomized, prospective trial comparing the efficacy of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion with multiple daily injections using insulin glargine. Diabetes Care. 2014;27(5)1554-1558
    • 3 Reznik Y. Cohen O. Aronson R. et al, Insulin pump treatment compared with multiple daily injections for treatment of type 2 diabetes (OpT2mise): a randomized open-label controlled trial. The Lancet. 2014; published online July 3.
    • 4 Holman RR, Paul SK, Bethel MA, Matthews DR, Neil HAW. 10-year follow-up of intensive glucose control in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2008;359:1577-1589.
    • 5 U.K. Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Group. Intensive blood-glucose control with sulphonylureas or insulin compared with conventional treatment and risk of complication in patients with type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 33). The Lancet. 1998;352:837-853.
    • 6 Do not use the Bolus Wizard™ to calculate a bolus for a period of time after giving a manual injection by syringe or pen. The Bolus Wizard™ does not account for manual injections, and could prompt you to deliver more insulin than needed. Too much insulin may cause hypoglycemia. One’s healthcare professional should be consulted for how long one needs to wait after a manual injection before relying on the active insulin calculation of the Bolus Wizard™ .
    • 7 Lynch PM, Riedel AA, Samant N, Fan Y, Peoples T, Levinson J, Lee SW. Resource Utilization With Insulin Pump Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Am J Manag Care. 2010;16(12):892-6.