Insulin Pump

Ana Maria Kausel, MD

Endocrinology located in Chelsea, New York, NY

If you need to take insulin to manage your diabetes, you may benefit from an insulin pump to deliver the precise amount of insulin your body needs to control your blood sugar levels. Ana Maria Kausel, MD, a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, offers insulin pumps at her practice, Ana Maria Kausel MD Endocrinology, in Chelsea, New York City. If you’re looking for an efficient and accurate way to manage your diabetes, call Dr. Kausel or make an appointment online today.

Insulin Pump Q & A

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, a reservoir of insulin, and a catheter that’s attached to a needle.

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 also use your pump to inject a surge of insulin around mealtime.

You wear the device 24 hours a day. The pump clips to your waistband discreetly, and the needle is taped into place securely.

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
  • Have delayed absorption of food from your stomach
  • Are planning pregnancy
  • Lead an active lifestyle

You can also choose to use an insulin pump. You may find that an insulin pump fits into your lifestyle or is easier to use than manually injectable insulin.

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 reactions

If you’re interested in an insulin pump, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kausel and find out if the device is right for you.

What should I expect when I get an insulin pump?

If you and Dr. Kausel determine that an insulin pump is right for you, she trains you to use the device. For example, you learn to insert the cannula and needles and attach the catheters.

You also learn to suspend the pump. While insulin pumps are water resistant, in most cases, you shouldn’t wear the device while you swim, shower, or bathe. Dr. Kausel gives advice on when and how to disconnect your insulin pump.

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.