Some people with type 2 diabetes have difficulty controlling their blood glucose levels even when taking insulin multiple times per day. An insulin pump may help some people in this situation maintain better blood glucose control.
What does it involve?
An insulin pump consists of a small computerized device (the pump) approximately the size of a cell phone, a flexible plastic tube, and a small needle. The needle is inserted into the skin of the abdomen and taped down. The tube connects the needle with the pump, which is worn on the belt or in a pocket. The pump is programmed to release insulin in two ways. Basal insulin is released slowly throughout the day, while bolus insulin is released at mealtimes.
Some health insurance plans may not pay for insulin pumps and supplies.
When using an insulin pump, you will need to check your blood glucose levels at least four times a day.
Some people feel embarrassed if others notice their pump.
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