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How to Choose an Insulin Pump with Confidence

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but empowering yourself involves gathering facts and evaluating choices. One of those choices is how to choose an insulin pump with confidence. Are you considering a new insulin pump or switching from MDI, like many women with diabetes? The options can be overwhelming.

How do you navigate insulin delivery systems? Consider factors like your life stage, hormones, CGM use, and the desire to avoid extra devices. If MDI therapy poses challenges, your endo may suggest a new pump.

However, you want a full understanding of multiple daily injections before deciding, ensuring it aligns with your unique routine. Refuse pressure; stay in tune with daily life. Understand your body's needs for control and freedom, which an insulin pump may provide. Switching back and forth between a pump and MDI is another option.

In this article, we're here to guide you through the decision-making process. Drawing insights from our latest podcast Episode 34: Insulin Pumps and Automated Delivery, featuring Stormie Baxter – a seasoned diabetes educator and certified pump trainer with over three decades of experience living with type 1 diabetes.

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Considering a New Path for Your Insulin Therapy?

Choose an Insulin Pump with Confidence and Be Your Own Insulin Pump Advocate

Certified diabetes specialist Stormie Baxter shared her experience with insulin shots and pumps. She stresses the importance of exploring all insulin delivery options and asking questions to make the best choice for personal diabetes management. Stormie cautions about advice from doctors and others lacking diabetes education. When ready to use an insulin pump or try a new system, start by talking to your doctor to identify features crucial for your goals.

Episode 34 Type 1 In midlife podcast

Listen to episode 34: Insulin Pumps and Automated Delivery with Stormie Baxter, CDCES. In this episode of my Type 1 in Midlife Podcast, we explore the numerous benefits of insulin pumps, including improved glycemic control and peaceful nights.

Four of The Newest Automated Insulin Delivery Systems

(effective January 2024)

Visit company websites linked here for system details and consult with your doctor or educator for personalized advice on your diabetes management journey.

  • Medtronic's Minimed 780G - A tubed system with real-time insulin adjustments and corrections all day and night that connects with this brand own, The Guardian 4 sensor.

  • Tandem T-Slim - This X2 insulin pump with Control-IQ technology that automatically adjusts insulin delivery to predict and help prevent highs and lows. Connects with Dexcom & Freestyle Libre CGM systems.

  • Omnipod 5 - This tubeless model that connects with Dexcom CGM

  • iLet "Bionic Pancreas" - A new tubed system that pairs with Dexcom CGM

If you're still considering MDI and want to know how I manage with multiple daily injections, explore my blog on "What's In my Diabetes Care Kit" for more details.

Know Cost and Warranty

When picking an insulin pump, think about more than just its features. Check the total cost, including the upfront price, ongoing supply expenses, and possible extra payments. Explore the product warranty to know what's covered and for how long, giving you peace of mind in the long run.

Also, see if your insurance covers the chosen pump to avoid unexpected costs. A thorough look at pump costs, warranty, and insurance compatibility help you make a smart decision that suits both your budget and health needs

Hormonal Changes and Insulin Therapy

Opting for an insulin pump can influence hormones, especially in terms of insulin delivery and keeping blood sugar in check. The consistent and accurate insulin delivery from a pump aims for more stable blood sugar levels, potentially lessening the ups and downs that affect hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

This steadiness might contribute to a better hormonal balance. Keep in mind, individual reactions may differ. Regular discussions with healthcare experts, coupled with keeping an eye on and tweaking insulin doses as necessary, are key to grasping and handling any hormonal shifts linked to using an insulin pump. For more information refer to my blog "Hormone Replacement Therapy with T1D: Uncovering the Facts and Truths."

Be sure to consult with trusted doctors, engaging in research, connecting with support groups, and seeking advice when considering continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) or insulin pumps.

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One of the best points of reference in making your decision is to connect with a diabetes community. Lean into those using pumps and leaving honest feedback that can help you decide.

Get real-life feedback by talking to someone using the pump you're interested in, especially if they have a lifestyle similar to yours. It's crucial and can ease the transition to a new system to have support from an insulin pump trainer like Stormie Baxter.

Choosing an insulin pump means understanding and empowerment, considering factors like life stage, hormones, CGM use, and personal preferences. Take your time, explore options, and gather facts. If dealing with challenges from multiple daily injections, trying a pump might be a new approach. Your commitment shows determination to make a choice fitting your unique diabetes journey, recognizing your body's needs for control and freedom.

Download my Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes After 40 guide for a simple action plan to start excelling in midlife while managing diabetes!

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