pump vs injections

By levannieu Latest Reply 2015-04-18 21:59:49 -0500
Started 2015-03-31 08:27:48 -0500

I am still researching pumps - I have been type 1 for 17 years and have taken Lantus / Novolog for the majority of the time.. I know having a pump would give me more control and easier access for my insulin intake.. I'm just curious if a lot of other people still use injections or not..!! I feel like everyone o see with diabetes all have pumps … I definitely feel like I'm the last one to get on a pump!!

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aylamarie 2015-04-18 21:59:49 -0500 Report

I have had a pump for about 8 years and definitely recommend it! I went with the animas vibe this last time. It comes with the dexcom G4 cgm system and my blood sugars have been so controlled since starting with the new system! Good luck deciding!

Type1Lou 2015-03-31 12:11:11 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed Type 1 in 1976 but only started pumping insulin in 2011. I resisted pumping for years because I didn't want to be connected to something 24/7. Now, I wish I'd started pumping sooner. I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) of Lantus and Novolog prior to pumping. In 2009, I started experiencing severe low BG episodes and that finally surred me to give pumping a try. Pumping has virtually eliminated those really scary low episodes requiring glucagon and has given me tighter BG control with less overall insulin. I use Medtronic's Minimed Revel 523 pump but, if Medicare covered CGM's, I would upgrade to their 530G with Enlite. Pumping does demand commitment with accurate carb counting to be effective. I still test my BG's 8 times a day to be certain I'm on track. My last HbA1c was 6.9 and there's some room to improve there but my endo is happy. If pumping is an option for you, my advice is to go for it. I love my pump and hope I never have to go back to MDI.

levannieu 2015-03-31 15:26:44 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info - im in the process of possibly getting the Medtronic one you mentioned!! My husband and I are both researching still buy up until now getting a pump was not really an option due to finances but thankfully I'm on the road to getting one!! It does concern me being connected to me 24/7 but I'm sure it'll just take time to get used to and I know it'll give me tighter control as far as my a1c!! Thanks for sharing!!

Type1Lou 2015-03-31 16:27:36 -0500 Report

Happy to share my experience…if any specific questions about using a pump come up, please don't hesitate to ask!