The ability to program more than one basal rate:
for example, a rate for work days, a rate for days off, a rate for working the
The ability to set a temporary basal rate: for
example, you can tell your pump to give you less insulin while you go for a
Several meal bolus options. (A bolus is an extra amount of
Basic safety features such as alarms and locks.
ability to "remember" how much insulin you have used for both your basal rate
and your meal boluses.
Insulin companies also offer other features. Some will matter to you
more than others. It depends on your lifestyle. Questions you may want to ask
How the pump works
How much insulin does the pump
Is the pump's "maximum bolus" big enough for your needs?
If the pump uses an infusion set, will you be able to use different brands of infusion sets? Or will you
have to use the infusion sets made by the pump company? At least one company sells a pump that does not use tubing.
pump use batteries that are easy to buy?
Is the software that comes with the
pump easy to use? Do you want to program your pump using your home computer? Or do you want
to create your own database of how much carbohydrate your foods
Does the pump come with a remote control so that you can
give yourself a bolus without touching the pump?
Does the pump
include a meal bolus calculator?
Are there extra alarms you can set
to wake you up or remind you to test your blood sugar?
Is there a
lock-out feature so that your child can't play with the buttons?
it water-resistant or waterproof?
Will the pump company file your
insurance claim for you?
Will the pump company upgrade your pump at
a discount when newer technology is available?
Can you purchase
prefilled insulin cartridges for your pump? Some people find this easier than
filling their own cartridges and trying to keep air out of the tube.
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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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