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Patients Diabetes (Type 1)

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Member Carenity • Community manager
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Hello everyone, 

What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of insulin pumps?

If you could speak to the manufacturers of some of these pumps, what recommendations would you give them in which they could improve on for their users?

 

Lee

Beginning of the discussion - 1/15/19

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Member Carenity • Community manager
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I thought this conversation would introduce you! Please feel free to voice your recommendations, opinions, concerns, and thoughts concerning insulin pumps!

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Member Carenity
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Biggest advantage is that it takes away the necessity of needles! There are so many disadvantages with needles that the pump takes away! The really only disavtantage to the pump is that it is a daily reminder, and can be to others also, that you have diabetes... after all, it is a small machine attached to you all day.

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Member Carenity
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I agree Judy! However, one other negative to insulin pumps is the frequent checking of BG levels that is required and the risk of infection because of the insertion of the tubing.

I guess if I could make a recommendation, it would be for it to not have the necessity of a cannula and that it be some sort of transdermal concoction and that it not have the original "insertion site"

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Member Carenity
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I currently just got the pump. Advantage is Temp Rate, especially when working out. But my downside and I would love if anyone can share. I gained so much weight on the pump that I am actually considering about going back to the shots. 

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Member Carenity
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@Hidden username I read up on that before and the weight gain is due to how the pump operates. By meeting with a dietitian who is educated on the pump and diabetes, will be able to help you monitor your diet and caloric intake to limit weight gain and even loose weight.

"Excess calories that had been lost as glucose in the urine when blood glucose was high are stored when more insulin is supplied and glucose levels fall, such as when starting insulin or switching to a pump."