What is an insulin pump?
An insulin pump — clinically known as continuous subcutaneous insulin — is a device that automatically releases insulin into your body. The pump includes a small computer and a reservoir of insulin. Some insulin pumps have a catheter that’s attached to a needle and some are wireless. They can also be used in combination with glucose sensors.
You and Dr. Kausel program your insulin pump to release small doses of insulin throughout the day, mimicking the way your body should release insulin. You can should also use your pump to inject a surge of insulin around mealtime. You can program the insulin delivery precisely based on your body’s needs and activities.
Why would I need an insulin pump?
Insulin pumps are suitable for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Kausel often recommends insulin pumps if you:
- Have frequent low blood sugar reactions or wide fluctuations of your sugars
- Are a Type 1 diabetic
- Take multiple insulin injections a day
- Despite changes in your insulin doses you can not achieve good A1c goals
- Have delayed absorption of food from your stomach
- Are planning pregnancy
- Lead an active lifestyle that includes physical activity, waters sports or prolonged standing
What are the benefits of an insulin pump?
Insulin pumps provide a wide range of benefits, including:
- Mimicking normal pancreatic insulin production
- You don’t need to give yourself insulin injections
- You receive accurate doses of insulin
- Your glucose levels stay steady
- A1C levels often improve
- You have increased flexibility regarding what and when you can eat
- You have a reduced risk of low glucose
- You can have freedom and don’t need to be attached to wires if you don’t choose to.
- It can be used with or without a glucose sensor (CGM)
If you’re interested in an insulin pump, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kausel and find out if the device is right for you.
Contact Dr. Kausel today by calling her office or scheduling online to learn more about insulin pumps and whether they can help you manage your diabetes.