Insulin pumps are one of the most effective ways to manage diabetes. While they require some training, they can make it easier for you to control your blood sugar levels and avoid complications like heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure. There are many types of insulin pumps like:
Traditional insulin pump
A traditional insulin pump is a small device that many people with diabetes wear on their body. It’s about the size of a deck of cards and can be worn in a pocket or attached to clothing with an elastic band.
The pump contains a reservoir of insulin, which is injected into your body through a thin tubing (called infusion set) that connects to your body. Each time you want to take an injection, you press a button on the pump to inject some insulin into your body. The amount of insulin delivered depends on how long you press the button and how much fluid there is in the reservoir at that moment.
A patch pump is often not a good fit for people with diabetes. But if you choose to use it, it uses a small patch that is applied to the body, such as the abdomen or back of the arm. This can deliver insulin and other medications through your skin into your bloodstream. The pump can also deliver other fluids, such as saline solution, which is used when someone has had surgery on their eye or brain to help prevent infection.
Wearable devices are smaller and less obtrusive than traditional pumps. They are connected to a sensor that is placed just under the skin and measures blood glucose levels. The wearable device can be worn on your arm, leg or abdomen. The benefits of this type of pump include:
- You don’t have to carry around an infusion set, meaning you won’t get snagged on anything throughout the day.
- It provides more freedom from a fixed location, so it’s easy to move around while still getting accurate readings.
- There are no cords, making it easier for kids or adults who may be prone to tripping over them
Smart pens are used for patients with type 1 diabetes. They’re also used for patients with type 2 diabetes, and they can be used by people who have had a pancreas transplant.
They can be programmed to deliver insulin boluses, basal rates, or a combination of both. In addition, smart pens can be set up to deliver fixed doses at a certain time every day. This is called “basal timing mode” and is often used at night when you sleep.
The automated system is an insulin pump that includes a battery and transmitter. The battery provides power to the transmitter, which sends insulin into your body through your catheter.
This type of system has a long battery life (about three years) and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. When the battery runs low, you’ll need to replace it by taking off its cover and replacing it with a new one. You can charge this type of pump by plugging it into an electrical outlet or using its car charger adapter on the go.
According to experts at Tandem Diabetes, “Finding the right infusion set is an important part of successful insulin pump therapy.”
The insulin pump is a device used to manage insulin levels. It can be used by patients with diabetes or other medical conditions that require regular insulin injections. This article tells you about the different types of pumps available, their benefits and drawbacks.