Choosing an Insulin Pump
Most insulin pumps have the same basic features:
Insulin companies also offer other features. Some will matter to you more than others. It depends on your lifestyle. Questions you may want to ask include:
At least one company sells a pump that has no plastic tubing. The pump and the needle are together in one small device that is taped to your skin. When it's time to change your infusion set, you replace the whole thing, pump and all.
Depending on your insurance company, your choices may be limited. You could still get a pump that is not covered by your insurance, but you may have to pay for it yourself. Insulin pumps cost thousands of dollars. And the daily supplies that you need are also very expensive. Without insurance coverage, you may not be able to afford an insulin pump.
A bright future
One of the biggest advances recently is insulin pumps and glucose monitors that can "talk" to each other. Some continuous glucose monitors can be left in place for 2 or 3 days, constantly sending your glucose levels to your pump. These monitors are not yet able to tell the pump how much insulin to deliver, but that day is getting closer. Your glucose monitor will one day be able to run your insulin pump on its own.
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