Questions about pump

By sweething Latest Reply 2011-10-22 10:53:30 -0500
Started 2011-10-21 12:47:34 -0500

Does using a pump lower your dose of insulin? Does age preclude the use of a pump?

3 replies

Type1Lou 2011-10-21 16:03:40 -0500 Report

I started on the pump in mid-August. Prior to pumping, I was on 14 units of Lantus and averaged 8 units of NovoLog per day for a total of 22 insulin units per day. After 2 months on my pump, I am averaging around 19 units per day, 13% less than the previous 22 units under MDI. We are still fine-tuning the pump settings. In my case, my insulin usage hasn't changed very much, probably because I wasn't taking very much to begin with. What has changed is the precision of the dosages…both basal and bolus, since I can now take a fraction of a unit and tailor the basal to what my body needs. I am 62 years old and have had diabetes for 35+ years. I'm kicking myself for not trying the pump sooner.

sweething 2011-10-22 10:53:30 -0500 Report

I'm 61 but have enough places to put a pump. I take 150 units of Lantus and 105 units of Humulog daily. I'd like to get this cut down some. I've been diabetic for 28 years.

kdroberts 2011-10-21 13:58:40 -0500 Report

Both answers are, it depends. If you are using a therapy like lantus and humalog, yes, it will be reduced. Since you would essentially switch your basal (background) insulin from lantus to humalog you would start off by reducing the daily amount of basal by around 20% or more. That will change over time as you get set with the pump. The insulin you take with meals will not change. If you are not using a rapid insulin then you may find your daily dose goes up.

Age does not normally matter but it may for your insurance or if you are looking at a pump for an infant.

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