insulan pump

tea cup
By tea cup Latest Reply 2012-08-09 15:36:05 -0500
Started 2012-07-20 21:36:58 -0500

is anyone on an insulan pump, do you like wearing it? how do you regulate you intake of carb?

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8 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2012-07-26 19:49:06 -0500 Report

I have been using a pump for 13 years (2 years after I was diagnosed). It has been great for my diabetes management. Sometimes it does bug me to wear it especially when trying to find a place to put it when wearing a dress. :) but really after a while it just sort of becomes a part of you and you don't really notice it as much anymore. As far as regulating your carb intake, you are able to adjust both the basal rates and also bolus for immediate insulin delivery when you eat. When and if you decide to get a pump you should meet with a diabetes educator that can help you tweak your insulin delivery so that you can get the correct settings. I would highly recommend a pump to anyone. However, they aren't right for everyone so you just have to do some research to find out if it is right for you.

Prprincess0923
Prprincess0923 2012-07-21 22:07:20 -0500 Report

Never been on a pump I heard it ok and I don't know if I should ask my doctor about it and see if it's good for me to have a pump or not .

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-07-21 09:43:51 -0500 Report

I started on my pump last August. I had been on insulin injections since my diagnosis in 1976. I love my pump! Pump settings must be tailored for YOUR specific metabolism and it took 3 months or so to get my settings where I was getting better results than with the previous MDI (Multiple Daily Injections; one of Lantus and 3 of meal-time Novolog per day). This is the reason the doctor requests your BG readings…so they can adjust the settings if/when needed. After going on the pump, I was testing at least 7 times a day to help obtain the data for the settings. In order for my pump to function properly, I must input the carb content of each meal before I bolus; the pump then calculates how much insulin I'll need to handle that particular meal based not only on the meal (and my carb to insulin ratio) but also taking into account my BG before I eat. Whether you are on injections or using a pump, your dosage of rapid-acting insulin should be tailored to how many carbs you are eating. The pump, in my opinion, requires GREATER effort and commitment to making the proper decisions in diet and exercise. Because of the added expense (It is significantly more costly than just injecting), I would hesitate to recommend pumping to anyone who isn't committed to managing their diabetes and that demands determination, adaptation and commitment to changing bad habits. Wishing you the strength to make the right decisions!

tea cup
tea cup 2012-07-21 10:23:54 -0500 Report

THANK YOU , YOUR INFORMATON SURE WILL HELP IN MY DECISION, AND AS YOU SAY , I REALLY SHOULD HAVE SOME CONTROL OF MY EATING HABITS THANKS AGAIN AND I WILL FIRST WORK ON GETTING MY EATING UNDER CONTROL

norcal4
norcal4 2012-07-20 23:36:48 -0500 Report

I've never used one and I've been diabetic 18 years. I've heard people that dislike it and enjoy it . I think it's up to the individuals preference. I use the prefilled insulin pens and I like them and I also count carbs. I just started recently but I have a cheat sheet that for every 10 gram of carb I take 1 unit of insulin. However everyone's body is different! Good luck with your decision

tea cup
tea cup 2012-07-21 07:49:42 -0500 Report

this is what i don't understand my doctor just set my amount of insulan and that is what i take, i sent her my blood test every two week or so and she will increase my insulan, but i have trouble with my eating habits a lot, so that is the reason she want me to try the pump. but i am not sure i can handle that either