Hello! Today I want to discuss insulin shots and insulin pumps. There are many reasons why you might choose one over the other but they both are very good options in managing your type one diabetes.
After my diagnosis I used insulin shots to manage my T1D. While on shots I had to give myself one shot in the morning with slow acting insulin that would act as my basal for each day. In addition, I would give myself a shot of fast acting insulin anytime that I ate anything which meant on average I was giving myself about 4-6 shots a day. I carried a bag with me everywhere I would go that contained my insulin vial, syringes, alcohol swabs, and my glucometer. If I was in a public place I would try to find a more secluded spot to administer my shots simply for privacy. It was essential that I was able to make the calculations necessary to account for my blood sugar and the carbs I consumed to give the right amount of insulin. Shots were great in the fact that I didn’t have something attached to my body; however, I made the decision to switch to an insulin pump after two years.
The switch to an insulin pump was hard yet I am very glad that I did. An insulin pump is a very expensive piece of equipment which added an extra stress of having to worry about breaking it. The pump gives you your basal constantly throughout the day instead of one shot in the morning. On the pump I also have a lot more freedom. For example, every time that I eat it is very easy to push some buttons and have the insulin pumped into me. I also find it easier to have better control due to the fact it is very easy to do a correction bolus to get my blood glucose down when needed. However, there are some drawbacks as well. It can be difficult wearing the pump and having it attached to myself 24/7. It also requires me to change my site about every 2 to 3 days.
Promising new technology is starting to come to the market that will help people with T1D have even better control. The first generation of the artificial pancreas has just been approved by the FDA. This pump has been on the market in Europe since 2009 so it is great that people with T1D will now get a chance to benefit from this new technology. This new pump will work the same as the older pumps but since it is integrated with a constant glucose monitor it has the added safety benefit of suspending insulin delivery if blood glucose drops too low. I am looking forward to using this new pump and should be receiving mine soon. In my next blog, I hope to share some information on how the new pump is working for me. Stay tuned!
Hello! My name is Adam and I will be a junior in high school this fall. I am vice president of our student body, active in many groups at school, play tennis, swim, volunteer at my church and I am passionate about protecting our environment. I also have type one diabetes.