Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

*If you take multiple shots of insulin every day, an insulin pump is a great tool to consider. Becoming “a pumper” is a big step, to be sure, but one that very few people regret.

In fact, most people who use insulin pumps wonder why they didn’t start sooner because these gadgets offer an unprecedented level of flexibility and control for anyone dependent on insulin. 

Learn all about insulin pumps and what one could do for you in this month’s edition of “Living with Diabetes: The Real-Life Stuff You Need to Know.”*

Tip 1: Insulin pumps are revolutionary, but also tried-and-true

For years, the 3.7 million people worldwide who depend on insulin to survive had no choice but to take daily insulin injections—sometimes more than ten a day. Today, we have the choice of using new technology that does away with the daily regimen of shots. It allows a continuous flow of insulin into the body, through a “pump.” Read more >>

Tip 2: Pumping beats the pants off multiple daily injections

If you already take multiple daily injections (called MDI treatment), think for a moment about what bothers you most. Maybe you’re embarrassed to use your syringes in public. Or maybe you struggle with predicting exactly how much food you plan to eat in advance … Read more >>

Tip 3: A contraption can make you feel more free

“A medical contraption attached to my body 24 hours, 7 days a week? No, thanks!” This is an extremely common reaction to the prospect of wearing a pump. In fact, it’s probably the biggest hurdle for most people.  But once they get over this hump, they realize that the advantages … Read more >>

Tip 4: Understand what a pump does and does not do

To be clear, an insulin pump is NOT an artificial pancreas or a cure for diabetes. Unlike a healthy pancreas, a pump cannot work completely automatically; the pump can’t decide how much insulin you need or when you need it. This makes the person running it the most important part of the pump. Read more >>

Tip 5: The power of pumping = features galore!

What really sets pumping apart from injection therapy are the features that allow you to fine-tune your insulin dosing. Read more >>