Insulin pumps

By FrancesJames Latest Reply 2015-03-28 16:18:27 -0500
Started 2015-03-25 19:41:55 -0500

Which pump is best? Easiest to use and with at least a 3.0 insulin reservoir? I am considering a pump..the shots are just not working for me. I have been on shots for 29 years now. Give me all the pros and cons you can..Thank you in advance..

6 replies

Karen337337 2015-03-28 16:18:27 -0500 Report

Frances, I've been on the Medtronic for 25 years. I've just recently purchased the OmniPod but have not started it yet. The one reason I haven't is because you do have to change it every 3 days and you have a certain amount of insulin that needs to go into the reservoir. I do not use all the amount so a fair amount is wasted. I like my Medtronic, but I'm just use to it and tend to stay "behind" in updates. : )

Type1Lou 2015-03-27 16:44:44 -0500 Report

There are many good pumps out there. The ADA's magazine, "Diabetes Forecast" does a comparison each year of the products used for diabetes. Pumps are included in this "Consumer Guide". I am currently using a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump but would upgrade to Medtronic's 530G with Enlite(CGM) if I had insurance coverage for the CGM. The Revel comes in 2 models and the 723 model has a 300 unit reservoir. The 530G comes in 2 models: Model 551 has a smaller reservoir (180 units) while Model 751 has a 300 unit reservoir. All of Metronic's pumps have tubing and have to be removed when bathing or doing water sports. There are other pumps out there that are tubeless and waterpoof. Omnipod is one. But I believe the pod only holds 200 units. I've heard good things about the Assante Snap which uses 300 unit pre-filled cartridges and the Tandem Diabetes Care T-slim pump which uses a 300 unit cartridge. All of this information comes from the 2014 ADA Consumer Guide which appeared in their January 2014 issue. I see that Jayabee52 in his reply below has noted the link to the ADA's site for the 2015 guide… I LOVE my pump and hope I never have to go back to shots.

levannieu 2015-03-26 10:49:17 -0500 Report

I am also wondering about pumps!! I've been taking shots for 17 years and am in the process of getting a pump!!!!!! (Finally) the doctor office I go to keeps pushing the Medtronic pump - which I've heard good things about but I want to make sure I'm not missing out on another brand or system that may be better..

kimfing 2015-03-25 22:16:45 -0500 Report

My husband has been on a pump 35 years. Been using desitronics which is now accu chek for about 20 yrs. I've been on accu chek spirit combo since June of last year since my husband uses same pump. The meter blue tooths to the pump so i can test bs put in amount of carbs im eating and it calculates insulin needed. Press deliver and poof my insulin delivers. We cannot use the cannula infusion sets for different reasons. I can have better control with steel needle infusion sets. Cons better chance fir a brief high if infusion set or tubing gets clogged. Expense is another con. In my book a 5.6 a1c is less expensive than some complications. :-) good luck