To Pump or Not to Pump

To Pump or Not to Pump

Hey friends Dr. Oscar buzzing in to share pros and cons on wearing an insulin pump.


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Cons

Pros

  • 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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