An insulin pump is a small computerized device that delivers
insulin into the body. This is different from injecting insulin throughout the day using insulin syringes and needles.
Insulin pumps can be programmed to deliver very precise amounts of insulin in a
continuous (basal) dose and in carefully planned extra (bolus) doses delivered at
specific times throughout the day, usually when eating.
Some pumps, like the one in this picture, connect to the body through a thin tube and needle inserted under the skin,
usually in the abdomen. Some pumps attach directly to the body and do not need tubing. Some pump systems use a remote control. Most pumps can hold between 200 and 300 units of insulin, depending on the model used. Some pumps also work as a blood glucose meter or communicate with your meter to adjust your bolus dose of insulin.
pumps allow flexibility in how a person times his or her meals and snacks. The
pumps may help some people to have fewer low blood sugar events (hypoglycemic
episodes) than people who inject insulin. The insulin pump is designed to mimic
the normal function of the pancreas.
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E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as of
July 11, 2013
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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