An insulin pump is a small electronic device, about 5.3cm wide and 9.6cm tall. The pump can help you mimic the way a healthy pancreas functions, replacing the need for frequent injections. The pump delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin 24 hours a day, to match your body’s needs.
HOW DOES THE PUMP WORK?
The pump provides insulin to your body at two rates:
Small amounts of insulin released continuously throughout the day to mimic the background insulin production of the pancreas.
Additional insulin can be delivered “on demand" to match the food you are going to eat or to correct high blood sugar.
An infusion set includes a thin cannula that goes from the reservoir to the infusion site on your body. The cannula is inserted into the site -similar to where you would give insulin injections. The infusion set is changed every two to three days.
HOW SMALL IS IT?
It weighs just 95.7 grams, not including the battery. This allows the pump to be discreetly carried on a belt, inside a pocket or even attached to a bra.
Discover our range of accessories to help you discreetly manage your diabetes.
- Blood Glucose Meter: Wirelessly transmits your BG readings to your pump.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A transmitter and sensor wirelessly transmit your glucose readings to your pump, giving you early warnings of highs and lows, lowering HbA1c levels9 & reducing the time of hypos10.
- Carelink® Software: An online tool allowing you to track your insulin usage and its levels during your daily activities.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INSULIN PUMP THERAPY?
Insulin pump therapy offers multiple clinical benefits over multiple daily injection therapy.
With our pump and sensor system, you’re four times more likely to reach your target A1C4. You can also reduce low glucose episodes by up to 84 percent and lower the risk of long-term complications.5,6
Kidney Damage reduced up to654%
Cardiovascular Damage reduced up to641%
Nerve Damage reduced up to641%
eye Damage reduced up to653%
Fewer hypoglycaemic events2
Easier dosing, accurate dosing,no needles
Greater flexibilityin when to eat and how to exercise
IS INSULIN PUMP THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
Many people with Insulin Dependent diabetes may benefit from an insulin pump, but aren't aware of the benefits. In general you could get better control with an insulin pump if you experience any of the following:
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- The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med. 1993;329:977–986.
- Excluding Sure-T
- Assumes four injections per day for 30 days and one infusion set change every three days.
- Kaufman FR, et al. A pilot study of continuous glucose monitoring system. Diab Care. 2001:24:2030-2034
- User Evaluations. Data on File, Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., Northridge, CA.