The pump provides an excellent insulin delivery method for people with diabetes who need a constant supply of insulin or for diabetics who want to avoid injections. While the pump method still requires close blood sugar monitoring, it does eliminate the need to carry an insulin pen or syringe wherever you go.
How it WorksThe pump is comprised of a series of small parts that are, essentially, attached to your body. First, a catheter will be inserted into your skin just below your abdomen. A small, flexible tube will connect from the catheter to your blood sugar meter and insulin pump. You can read your blood sugar level at any time using the monitor without even having to perform a prick test. The entire pump system can fit neatly underneath your clothing and rest relatively unnoticed at your side.
When Not to Use a PumpYou should not use a pump if you play sports or are engaged in rough physical activity that could dislodge the pump, such as kickboxing. If the tubing becomes snagged during activity, the pump could be pulled out from the catheter, causing the system to break and possibly even causing you pain. Therefore, keep in mind that the pump should always be treated with care.
If you need to remove the pump for a prolonged amount of time, you should be prepared to inject insulin using a pen or syringe, or, you can simply reconnect your pump for long enough to receive a dose of insulin.Remember, there are a variety of insulin delivery methods available. Speak with your doctor for more information about how the pump may help you manage your diabetes.