Health Tip: Insulin Pump Therapy

Convenient blood sugar control for diabetics

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(HealthDay News) -- All diabetics know that maintaining proper control of their blood sugar levels is the best way to stay healthy. As careful monitoring and regular insulin injections are difficult to maintain, many diabetics turn to an insulin pump as a convenient alternative.

According to the American Diabetes Association, an insulin pump is a small device worn on the body, with a catheter under the skin that injects regular doses of insulin. The pump can administer either rapid or long-acting insulin doses prescribed by your doctor.

Carrying cases can hold the pump and attach it to a waistband or pocket. During physical activities where you may be injured or your pump may be pulled, or during bathing or swimming, you can remove the pump and reattach it when finished. The pump should be worn at all other times, including during sleep and also during light exercise.

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