Insulin Pump users have increased from 70,000 to 300,000 since 1998 in the United States. Only 5% discontinue use for various reasons.
If you are considering an insulin pump to manage your blood sugars you must be able to:
- work with your dietitian, diabetes educator and physician to pursue mutually agreed upon goals of therapy
- assess the nutrient value of meals, specifically, grams of carbohydrate per amount consumed
- give more than 3 daily insulin injections in the event of pump interruption
- monitor blood glucose daily at least 4 times per day, preferably 6 – 8 times
- check ketone levels
- keep a food, exercise, blood sugar and medication log
Contact your Diabetes Educator for Diabetes Self Management Education to delay the onset and slow the progression of diabetes complications.
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