INSULIN PUMPS FOR DIABETICS
If you have diabetes, insulin pumps are small, computerized devices (about the size of a small cell phone) that you wear on your belt or put in your pocket that allow for a continuous flow of a rapid-acting insulin to be released into your body. The pumps have a small, flexible tube (called a catheter), which is inserted under the skin of your abdomen or thigh and taped in place. The insulin pump is designed to deliver a continuous amount of insulin, 24 hours a day according to a programmed plan unique to each pump wearer. The amount of insulin delivered can be changed by the user.
Between meals and overnights, a small amount of insulin is constantly delivered to keep the blood sugar in the target range. This is called the basal rate. When food is eaten, a bolus dose of insulin can be programmed into the pump. You can measure how much of a bolus you need using calculations based on the grams of carbohydrates consumed. When using an insulin pump, you must monitor your blood sugar level at least four times a day. You set the doses of your insulin and make adjustments to the dose depending on your food intake and exercise program.
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FACTS ABOUT DIABETES
More than 29.1 million Americans suffer from diabetes. About half of those people do not realize they have the disease. Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, increased urination, blurred vision, weight loss, fatigue, nausea and frequent bladder infections. Those most at risk of having diabetes are:
- People who are overweight
- People with poor diets
- Ethnic background – Diabetes happens more often in Hispanic/Latino Americans, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Alaska natives.
- People with a family history of diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes – If you had diabetes while you were pregnant, you had gestational diabetes. This raises your chances of getting Type 2 diabetes later in life.