Insulin Pump Advantages
There are many potential advantages of insulin pumps. The device can accurately dose even tiny amounts of insulin, consistently deliver a basal rate of insulin, and deliver a bolus dose (to cover meals or periods when the pump is turned off). Although there are many advantages, an insulin pump is not right for everyone.
If you are considering an insulin pump, you may wonder about the possible advantages. Insulin pumps can offer several benefits.
For many people, they are a good option because insulin pumps can provide the following advantages:
- Decreased needle sticks (no need for individual insulin injections)
- The possibility to improve your A1C over using insulin injections
- A decreased risk of dangerously low blood sugar
- More flexibility with regard to meals
- The ability to accurately dose even tiny amounts of insulin
- No unpredictable effects from long- or intermediate-acting insulins, since the pumps use only short- or rapid-acting insulins
- An easy way to record your insulin usage (for pumps that offer this feature)
- A precise, consistent way to deliver a basal rate of insulin (the background rate used throughout the day)
- The ability to program a variable basal insulin rate (different rates for different times of the day)
- An easy way to deliver a bolus dose (to cover meals or periods when the pump is turned off)
- The ability for a real-time continuous glucose monitoring system to calculate an appropriate dose based on your blood sugar reading and to wirelessly send a signal to the pump to deliver the calculated dose (for some pumps)
- The peace of mind that you are doing everything within your power to manage diabetes.
However, insulin pumps are not without disadvantages, too (see Insulin Pump Disadvantages for more information).