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My doctor would like me to go on the insulin pump. I went to a class for it, but I am not good with my blood sugars now and it worries me about going on the pump and entering all the different carbs. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you

Patty Bonsignore


As you think about going on a pump, you will want to meet with an experienced diabetes educator who can help you determine if the pump is right for you and, if so, can then help you transition from injections to pump therapy. Checking your blood glucose frequently and carb counting accurately are very important when using an insulin pump. If you are not feeling confident about doing these things, then it probably means you are not quite ready to start -- and that’s okay. A diabetes educator can help you learn more and feel comfortable about the skills you will need. It can take months to get ready to go on a pump, and some find that insulin pumps are not a good option. Regardless of whether you start the pump or not, it will be helpful for you to meet with an educator experienced in advanced carb counting and advanced blood glucose pattern management. Education is the most important part of starting an insulin pump, and it sounds to me like some individual appointments with a diabetes educator would be the best option for you right now.