Syringes vs Pump

By lvparis Latest Reply 2014-10-22 20:45:56 -0500
Started 2014-10-20 17:16:03 -0500

I currently use syringes. I am interested in the pump. What's the pro's & con's of syringes and the pump?

5 replies

Neily149 2014-10-22 20:45:56 -0500 Report

Pumping > multiple injections

I was hesitant at first but it had been one of the greatest blessings in my life making the switch.

I use Omnipod and highly recommend it to everyone. It is amazing and has really made my life so much better and more manageable.

I hope you make the switch and I hope it works well for you.


Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-10-21 15:32:12 -0500 Report

the pump gives you so much more control and flexibility. Sounds weird with it being hooked to you all day. I resisted the pump for years and finally got one, I'll never go back to syringes.

Type1Lou 2014-10-21 11:01:25 -0500 Report

I have been using an insulin pump since 2011 and was on Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) prior to that for many years. I LOVE pumping. I have gained greater control and reduced/eliminated severe low BG reactions. Here are some of the pro's to pumping:
-You can adjust your basal insulin rate based on activity or other needs, like fighting infection. When you inject a long-acting insulin, you cannot suspend or reduce it's effect. It's there for the duration. Basal needs can also be differently programmed for various times of day.
-Pumping only uses a fast-acting insulin for both basal and bolus. The dosages can be administered in much more precise quantities than via syringe.
-Most pumps have a "wizard" feature that calculate what your bolus dosage should be based on BG at that time and carbohydrate count that you input into the pump.
-Pumps allow for multiple carb to insulin ratios based upon time of day.
Most pumpers replace their infusion sets/reservoirs every 3rd day. Prior to pumping, I was taking an average of 4 shots of insulin per day.

Here are some of the cons:
You are connected 24/7.
-My pump (Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 523) is not waterproof which means I must disconnect whenever I bathe. (You can safely disconnect for up to 1 hour)
-My pump also has tubing. I have not had problems snagging the tubing (which comes in various lengths) but others have. There are some tubeless and waterproof pumps out there (Omnipod is one I'm aware of)
-If you have any allergy to adhesive, keeping the infusion set and/or CGM secure could be a problem.

Sorry this is so long but hope it helps you decide.

Emckee 2014-10-21 09:18:13 -0500 Report

I just started using the pump after using syringes for 8 years. I really like the ease of control and on an month and a half my A1C dropped from 9.6 to 8.1!

kimfing 2014-10-20 18:28:14 -0500 Report

I started the pump end of June. I love the convenience of it all! That's the biggest pro for me. I guess the only con, and its normal, its taken quite a bit of time figuring out my basal rates. Only use one prescription of insulin on the pump.

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