Diabetes Home > 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.
- 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.