Pump Therapy

What is insulin pump therapy?

Insulin pump therapy is also known by the longer name of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII). This longer name sums up what an insulin pump does - it continually infuses insulin into the subcutaneous tissue (the layer of tissue just beneath the skin).

This is a method for providing insulin to people with diabetes without the need for multiple daily injections (MDI). Insulin is delivered at any typical injection site (stomach, thigh, etc) through a tube and either a small needle or cannula inserted into the patient’s subcutaneous tissue (under the skin).

Patients specify an amount of background insulin to be delivered over a 24-hour period (basal rate) to keep glucose levels stable. After meals, patients issue a bolus dose of insulin to account for the amount of carbohydrates eaten.

Extensive evidence suggests that an insulin pump can improve therapy for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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Who Can Benefit From Insulin Pump Therapy?
How do Insulin Pumps Work?
How big is an insulin pump?
Where do you wear it?
Advantages of Using an Insulin Pump
Disadvantages of Using an Insulin Pump

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