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Insulin Pump Uses

What Aren't Insulin Pumps Used For?

Insulin pumps are not used to make managing your diabetes easier. In fact, using a pump takes hard work and practice. You must frequently monitor your blood sugar, calculate the appropriate dosage based on your blood sugar and your meals, and make adjustments as necessary.
Insulin pumps are not used to replace insulin injections in people who are not willing to take responsibility for their own health. You can "cheat" with an insulin pump just as easily as with insulin injections. A pump will not make you care about your health or take the necessary steps to preserve or enhance your health.
Insulin pumps are not used to completely replace injections or needle sticks. You still have to test your blood sugar, and you must replace the needle (or plastic cannula) every two or three days. While pumps can reduce the number of needle sticks, they cannot eliminate them altogether.

Insulin Pump Use in Children

Insulin pumps can be used for children. In fact, children (who are accustomed to living with and working with various electronic devices) may be more willing to accept a pump, compared with older individuals. However, children are not capable of programming and using an insulin pump without the assistance of an adult. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using the device in children.
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