Benefits and Risks – Insulin Pumps

Insulin pump therapy has improved the health and quality of life for thousands of individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

If you have diabetes, you know that your main goal is to manage your blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels. Insulin pumps allow you to adjust your blood glucose levels immediately. This means better control of your blood glucose levels. And better control can mean improved health.

Before you use an insulin pump, you must first be trained in its use. Pump training with a nurse or diabetes educator may be done in several sessions. With your trainer, you can learn how to fit your insulin pump into your lifestyle and therapy goals. You also need to know that if your infusion set comes out and you don’t get insulin for several hours, you could suffer from life-threatening complications.

It is important to speak with your doctor and be trained in the use of an insulin pump before you start using the device on your own.


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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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