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Diabetes: Living With an Insulin Pump

More and more people with diabetes are using insulin pumps camera.gif instead of daily shots to manage their disease. The pumps give them more freedom to eat, sleep, and exercise when they want. Pumps usually help people do a better job of controlling their blood sugar. A pump can be an important tool in preventing problems like very low blood sugar.

But using an insulin pump takes some getting used to. The more you learn about your pump and how to live with it, the happier you will be.

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Other Works Consulted

  • American Diabetes Association (accessed April 2010). Insulin pumps. Available online: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/medication/insulin/insulin-pumps.html

  • Cheng AYY, Zinman B (2005). Principles of insulin therapy. In CR Kahn et al., eds., Joslin's Diabetes Mellitus, 14th ed., pp. 659–670. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Retnakaran R, et al. (2004). Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion versus multiple daily injections: The impact of baseline A1c. Diabetes Care, 27(11): 2590–2596.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last RevisedJanuary 23, 2013

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Last Updated: January 23, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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