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If you have any confusion about the two methods, a pump or injection, then the following article will clear this up. It may be your situation has changed where you need to change your delivery system, lets review these two methods.

When a person becomes a diabetic they need to get extra insulin in their system, the two methods commonly used are injections or pumps. Each has there own benefits, you can determine which is best for your situation by looking at how they function. Take a moment as we look at the differences between the two.

First understand how the pancreas responds to the production of insulin. The normal daily release of insulin by the pancreas is called Basal Insulin Secretion, this is small amounts of insulin allocated throughout the day. When a meal or snack are eaten our cells release a larger portion called Bolus Insulin, this is sufficient to process what we consumed.

How Injections Work

With injections you have to regulate the two scenarios mentioned above, since your pancreas isn’t performing you have to duplicate it with two injection types.

One injection is to replace the slow release of insulin throughout the day and the other is the bolus type, enough sufficient to process meals or snacks.

To maintain normal glucose levels you have to have a much more disciplined lifestyle, What is meant by this, well you have to watch your carbohydrate intake, regular exercise and a balance eating pattern. In many case, due to lifestyle, this is hard to do. This leads us to the alternatives, which is the pump.

How The Pump Works

Since the pump is a somewhat automated device, it acts more like the pancreas and delivers the insulin as required.

Take a look at some of the benefits and features a pump provides..

  • It delivers insulin like pancreas
  • It relives us from multiple pricks
  • Easy to operate
  • It is very useful for persons with irregular habits of eating
  • Insulin delivery is 0.1 unit to 35 unit as a basal insulin
  • 1 to 48 different basal rates can be sets in this pump
  • Bolus insulin dose can be taken 0.1 units to 25 units.
  • Multiple alarms like no delivery, low battery, low reservoir volume
  • Temporary changes can be made in basal rates

So as you can see, a lot of the manual function that injections requires is handled automatically with a pump. Of course there’s a big price difference which is another factor in your decision.

The best thing to do is get more current information about what’s going on in the world of diabetes.

Go to Diabetes Care, get information about this area of diabetes and more. Current diabetes information is available which could open the door to new possibilities for you.

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