Insulin pumps

By helloitsme6543 Latest Reply 2017-12-01 12:21:00 -0600
Started 2017-11-30 21:34:53 -0600

Where did you purchase your insulin pump?
Who influenced you to buy the insulin pump that you use currently?
Where do you hear of most insulin pumps?
Ie: doctors office, print ads, commercials
Where do you typically go if looking to purchase a new insulin pump?
Ie: doctor’s office, internet
Whose opinion/ expertise would you take into consideration when purchasing an insulin pump?
What is the most important feature about an insulin pump when you buy one?
Ie: price, functionality, convenience, small size, FDA approved
How old were you when you were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes?

What is the brand and model of your most current pump?
What is your favorite feature of your pump?
Do you have any problems with or complaints about your pump?
Do you use a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) or just a BGM (blood glucose monitor)?
If you use a CGM, is it compatible with your pump?
Does your CGM offer mobile apps? Do you use them?
Do you use any diet or exercise tracking apps?

1 reply

Type1Lou 2017-12-01 12:21:00 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed Type 1 at age 27, 41 years ago. I did not begin using an insulin pump until 2011, 6 years ago. I am on my second Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel 523 pump. I chose Medtronic because of their reputation and my choice was endorsed by my endo. I did consider the Omnipod in 2015, but opted to stay with Medtronic, in part due to reliability issues with the Omnipod and since I was turning 65 soon, Medicare was unlikely to approve the Omnipod. I like the temporary basal feature of my pump and use it frequently. I also like the ability to have different basal rates and carb to insulin ratios based upon time of day. Also, the fact that the pump does all of the dosage calculations for boluses is a big plus. I do not use a CGM but I do test my BG on average 8 times per day. I use Fitbit to track my exercise and follow a low-carb diet. I LOVE my pump and hope I never have to return to MDI. Pumping gives me greater flexibility and tighter control with less overall insulin.

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