insulin pump

By nanabarragan Latest Reply 2015-03-16 09:42:22 -0500
Started 2015-02-27 20:54:34 -0600

Is there an age limit to get the pump?

I am 50 yrs old and I'm afraid to ask my doctor not only for the no answers but because of my sugar control will it go to low if I don't eat on time please suggest ideas.

10 replies

Dr:Sarah 2015-03-16 09:42:22 -0500 Report

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MarkS 2015-03-02 12:24:45 -0600 Report

Hi Nanabarragan, I'm on my, I believe, fifth pump that I just got in January (I'm 60). The nice thing about the pump is that it let's you be "normal" (if there is such a thing!) since you are essentially carrying around your pancreas in a small plastic device. Since the pump acts as a pancreas it continually delivers a basal (i.e., the minimum amount of insulin required by your body to stay in the correct physiologically acceptable range of about 80 to 140 mg/dL) amount of insulin 24 hours a day. When you eat, then you decide the amount of insulin required based on the amount of carbohydrates to be ingested. Getting the units delivered for a "flat" basal blood glucose may take some tweaking but it doesn't take long to figure it out with your physician. The nice thing about the pump is you can eat when you'd like and not have the normal "injection" routine of breakfast-snack-lunch-snack-dinner-snack. The reason for the multiple meals when on injections is that the basal insulin you administered had a long "payout" profile that doesn't peak at the same time (its very dependent upon activity and well-being) since it (i.e., basal insulin) is typically a zinc suspension whose absorption is not very consistent. So, the pump, since its consistent, helps avoid lows.

hstoddard 2015-02-28 21:28:11 -0600 Report

I have been on an insulin pump for 15plus years. It's the best thing I could have done. There's no age restriction at all. Being on a pump givers you more freedom and flexibility with meals and snacks. Best of luck.

marysuya 2015-02-28 13:16:34 -0600 Report

I did not ask my Dr. my Dr. talked to me about it as a solution for my unstable bg's, so hi or so low, always forget to do the insulin or did not know how to count carbs, Don't be afraid of asking, is the best thing you can do. Good luck.

Type1Lou 2015-02-28 10:38:41 -0600 Report

I was 62 when I started using an insulin pump over 3 years ago. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1976 and had been on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) of insulin prior to pumping. I resisted pumping for years but increasingly severe low BG's made me finally decide t give it a try…and I hope I never have to go back to the injections! Go for it! It virtually eliminated those scary lows and gave me better control with less overall insulin.

Grammie R
Grammie R 2015-02-27 22:02:27 -0600 Report

I do not use a pump, but have several friends who do. Every one of them loves it because it allows them more flexibility —— and yes, they are all over 50.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-27 21:15:28 -0600 Report

I just got my 1st pump and I'm 59, I had concerns about numbers dropping to low because my numbers drop very low while I'm sleeping. but with the pump they will level out so my numbers won't be so low at night. Or at least that's what they say LOL I won't really know until I get started.

kimfing 2015-02-27 21:10:50 -0600 Report

I was dx t1 2 yrs ago pail i will b 46 in June got my pump last June. The freedom of the pump is if your basal rates are set correctly and no other factors come into play like exercise or over activity you should be fine if you don't eat

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