Other notable user specifications for other styles and brands of this handheld device are:
- Controllable functions through the touchscreen
- Water resistance
- Alarms and updates to schedule reminders
- Customizable bolus settings
How to Use an Insulin Pump
It is relatively easy to use an insulin pump even if you’re going to administer the infusion yourself.
The device supplies the body’s required insulin dosage in either of these two ways:
- Basal insulin provides small but sustained doses of insulin.
- Bolus insulin releases insulin right before meals.
The pump calculates how much bolus insulin you need based on the information you enter for your food intake and blood sugar levels. After that, the pump will then suggest a bolus dose and will wait for your consent before administering the infusion. Other pumps automatically alter the baseline doses depending on the glucose levels measured on the attached continuous glucose monitor.
Take note, it is still important to monitor your blood sugar levels from time to time before operating this device.
Pros of Using an Insulin Pump
More often than not, patients with Type 1 diabetes consider these pumps to be a better option than insulin pens or injections. Take note of the following advantages:
- Fewer injection prickings
- Consistent and programmable insulin administration
- Greater control over the different basal rates throughout the day
- Flexibility in terms of food intake and movement
- Improvement in the control of blood sugar levels
- Reduced risk of serious complications and other comorbidities
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