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Insulin Pump Therapy

7.3 Features to think about

What you want in an insulin pump is a personal decision. Different pumps have different features, so you’ll need to think about what features are right for you. Here are some insulin pump features and options to think about:

  • Reservoir size. People with higher insulin needs might want an insulin pump with a larger reservoir, but that’s not always true. Talk with your diabetes educator about reservoir size.
  • Size of adjustments for basal and bolus insulin. If the insulin pump is for your child or if it’s for you and you have low insulin needs, you might want the option to make very small adjustments.
  • Number of basal rates or profiles and bolus rates the insulin pump offers.
  • Waterproof or water-resistant.
  • Remote bolus delivery.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring.
  • Screen resolution.
  • Tubing or tubeless “pod” pump. Both have pros and cons. For example, some people find the tubing is inconvenient. Others find that the tubeless pump functions are limited if they misplace the handheld Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM).

Remember, no insulin pump:

  • thinks for you
  • programs itself
  • takes away the need to check your blood glucose with a meter
  • automatically gives bolus insulin
  • automatically adjusts insulin you get for food, exercise, stress, or illness
  • stops all high and low blood glucose levels from happening​​