What Is an Insulin Pump?

Insulin pumps deliver insulin through a small tube and needle (known as the infusion set) placed under your skin

Insulin pumps deliver insulin through a small tube and needle (known as the infusion set) placed under your skin.

Insulin pumps are small, portable devices that deliver fast-acting insulin 24 hours a day. About the size of a small cell phone or MP3 player, insulin pumps deliver insulin through a small tube and cannula (known as the infusion set) placed under your skin. The amount of insulin delivered can be changed by each user.

When you eat, you use buttons on the insulin pump to give yourself more insulin. This is called a “bolus”. You can determine the size of the bolus using calculations based on the amount of carbohydrates you eat.

When you use an insulin pump, you must still monitor your glucose levels during the course of a day. You set the doses of your insulin and make adjustments to the doses based on your food intake and exercise program.

Insulin pump therapy can help you manage your diabetes. Insulin pump therapy might also help you eliminate injections. Because insulin pumps are portable, they might be easier to fit into your lifestyle.

People of all ages, with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, have benefited from insulin pump therapy.

 

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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