The Healthy Living Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team receives all kinds of questions every day. I sat down with them to learn more about what ‘myths’ or misconceptions people have about insulin pumps. Then, we figured out the best way to explain the truth of the situation!
Myth: An insulin pump is implanted in the body and requires surgery to get started.
Fact: Insulin pumps are worn outside of the body as devices and are attached to a removable site that the patient changes every three days.
Myth: Insulin pumps are big and bulky.
Fact: An insulin pump is about the same size as a small flip phone or a pager (and about half the size of a regular cell phone).
Myth: Pumps are permanent.
Fact: Insulin pumps are removable and can be taken off for showering or swimming, but back-up insulin (shots) must be used.
Myth: With an insulin pump, there is no longer a need to test blood sugar.
Fact: When using an insulin pump, patients still need to test their blood and count carbs. It is recommended to test blood sugars at least four times daily.
Myth: Someone needs to be ‘tech savvy’ to figure out how to use an insulin pump.
Fact: If you can operate a cell phone or remote control, you should be able to work with an insulin pump. Thankfully, pump manufacturers offer great customer support and training.
Myth: Using an insulin pump is more painful than multiple daily injections.
Fact: Inserting an insulin pump site hurts about the same as one shot, but the site only must be changed every three days. The frequency works out to well over 1,000 shots a year with multiple daily injections (MDI), with a little over 100 insertions a year with an insulin pump.
Myth: Pumps are only used for people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Fact: Many insurances cover insulin pumps for people with Type 2 Diabetes, and insulin pump therapy can be a great contribution to the work of managing T2D.
Myth: Insurance won’t cover insulin pumps.
Fact: Our Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team can work with customers, their doctors, and their insurance companies to help people with diabetes obtain insurance-covered pumps. Call Crystal and George at (866)779-8512 (Option 2) to check out your options.
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