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Diabetes Insulin Pump – TypeFree Diabetes

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Diabetes Insulin Pump

Diabetes Insulin Pump

Insulin pumps provide an easy and effective way of delivering insulin to the bloodstream without having to inject using a needle. The pump is a small device, about the size of a pedometer, that you control to send the right amount of insulin into your system. You can set the pump to automatically and continually deliver minute amounts of insulin to your bloodstream to handle small rises of blood glucose. You also manually control the pump to deliver a larger amount of insulin (a bolus) after a meal or snack; or when your sugar level unexpectedly gets too high. This manual and automatic control simulates how a non-diabetic’s system controls their blood glucose levels.

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 Works
The 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 Pump
You 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.

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Acupuncture treats the complications of diabetes

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Acupuncture Treatment for Diabetes Complications

Acupuncture Treatment for Diabetes

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), such as acupuncture, is gaining ground among Western cultures, as the diabetes epidemic is quickly becoming the predominant Western health care concern. In most cases, acupuncture treats the complications of diabetes, such as poor circulation and nerve damage, but may have very little effect in actually delaying the onset of diabetes.

Primary Usage

Acupuncture is most often used in conjunction with diabetes treatments to improve blood circulation. Improving blood circulation has a host of positive effects on the body and can help reduce many common diabetes complications, including nerve damage,foot problems, vision problems and leg pain.

How ItÕs Done

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves inserting very thin needles (now stimulated with an electrical charge) that are 4-25 mm in length into specific areas of the body. The areas of the body are believed to correspond with certain health conditions and bodily functions. There are over 500 acupuncture points alone for the pancreas, including points on the ears. As such, acupuncture specialists spend many years perfecting and studying the ancient craft.

The is a report from the Internet Journal of the Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventative Health Care” at the following URL that describes how traditional Chinese approaches are used to treat diabetes : http://www.itmonline.org/journal/arts/diabetes.htm

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