Myths and Facts – Insulin Pumps

Myth: Wearing an insulin pump is uncomfortable.

Fact: It can take a little bit of time to get used to wearing your new insulin pump. When you first start using your pump, you may feel the insertion site. However, once you get used to wearing your pump, you may forget about it until you need to give yourself a bolus or change your infusion set.

Paradigm 522 shown with infusion set

Paradigm 522 shown with infusion set

Myth: You can forget you have diabetes.

Fact: To use your insulin pump properly, you need to be trained how to use it. You will need to check your blood sugar levels several times per day. Before meals, you need to determine how many carbohydrates you'll eat, and program those values into your insulin pump. The insulin pump will then calculate and suggest an amount of insulin based on your individualised programmed settings. The insulin pump does not automatically deliver insulin without your input. Your doctor will advise you on how to best incorporate a pump into the management regime for your condition.

Myth: Anyone can use an insulin pump.

Fact: Not everyone with diabetes should use an insulin pump. Only your doctor can advise you on your suitability for an insulin pump.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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