To Pump or Not to Pump
Hey friends Dr. Oscar buzzing in to share pros and cons on wearing an insulin pump.
If your insurance doesn’t approve a pump the out of pocket cost is very expensive.
There is a lot to learn about pumps when you first start wearing one.
Your required to test your blood sugar at least 4 times a day.
The process of changing your injection site is more involved than a simple shot in the tummy or arm.
When wearing a pump you run the risk of air bubbles in the tubing or having a blocked cannula, which can lead to a very high blood sugar.
Instead of taking multiple shots a day, you implant a cannula every 2 to 3 days, meaning you don’t need to associate every meal with a needle.
A huge advantage to insulin pumps is the ability to set different basal, meaning you can have different rates of background insulin at different times throughout the day.
You have more flexibility when it comes to the foods you want to eat and exercising as well.
With the extra flexibility, in pump wearers it has lead to increased blood sugar control.
Since you have increased blood sugar control it leads to a lower hbA1C, which leads to a lower risk of long term problems.
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