Advantages And Disadvantages Of Pumping Insulin
Here are most of the Good and Bad points of pumping Insulin. Keep in mind that ALL of these Pros and Cons will not happen to or for ALL Diabetics. For example: Not ALL Diabetics' Insulin doses will be reduced. Example: Not ALL Diabetics will gain weight. These are generalized Pros and Cons that have the possibility of happening. Some Diabetics say that they have experienced no problems at all, which is Terrific.
*Injections Are Less And Easier since they are only applied every 2 or 3 days and the
other doses are push button.
*More flexible sleep/wake/meal times and not having to plan exercise, outings, etc.
*Less problems with health due to better control.
*More freedom with food since it is easier to eat exactly what you want, when you want.
*Insulin Reduction is found by most People.
*No long-acting insulin is used which is a plus.
*Better control for the majority using the pump.
*Suspension of insulin delivery is possible if the Person has bolused too much Insulin.
*Most Dawn Phenomenon Can Be Remedied.
*Hypo Unawareness can be lessened on the pump or reversed for many People.
*A couple of pumps are controlled by remote, not tubing. They also can have the
CGMS/meters attached which are assets.
*Some Diabetics will experience improvement or reversal of some Complications
(depending upon the stage of) due to better and more consistant blood sugars
*Increased risk of DKA due to pump malfunction or other problems. Some also suffer
from hypoglycemia due to improper carb counting, incorrect bolusing, etc.
*Unhealthy eating and weight gain can occur due to ease of pump use.
*Some People forget to bolus.
*Painful sites, irritations, infections, poor absorbtion can occur.
*Gushers and bruises occur occasionally.
*With many Diabetics bumps, scar tissue and poor absorption does occur at the site.
*Changing a set is more of a nuisance than syringe injections.
*Pumps, infusion sets, etc. are a bit expensive if the Person does not have coverage.
*More Frequent testing of blood glucose is required.
*A percentage of People carry pump accessories with them plus syringes/pens and
Insulin in case a pump/site problem occurs.
*Some Medical professionals are not informed about pumps and will request that the
Diabetic remove the pump or will do it themselves if the Patient is unconscious or
unable to cooperate.
*A small percentage of Diabetics are not able to stay attached to a pump 24/7.
* The tubing from most pumps can get caught on door/drawer knobs and
other objects. They can become disconnected sometimes when a Person is sleeping,
etc. Tubing can get chewed up by pets. It can also become kinked or an occlusion
may occur so that Insulin cannot be delivered to the Diabetic.
*The outer field of pumps can crack and get wet inside if submersed in water. Screens
can get scratched.
*Some People may disconnect to take a shower/go swimming, etc. and then forget to
reconnect their pump.
*Sometimes blood or bubbles collect in the tubing. That may or may not be a problem.