Top 12 Reasons Pumping Leads to a Better Life
1. Pump therapy offers proven results
A landmark study demonstrates that improving blood glucose control can reduce or prevent the complications of diabetes. In fact, intensive therapy achieved with multiple daily injections or an insulin pump has been shown to reduce the onset and progression of diabetes complications by up to 76%. It is clinically proven that ANY sustained lowering of blood glucose can reduce your risk1.
Pump therapy may also be useful for some patients with gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes. An Accu-Chek insulin pump helps automate insulin delivery and simplifies the process of insulin injections. It provides more freedom and convenience for all diabetes conditions that require regular insulin injections.
2. Pumps make it easier to achieve better control
Accu-Chek® insulin pump systems also provide a level of schedule freedom that you simply can't get with injection therapy. For anyone who is having difficulty controlling blood sugars due to unpredictable schedules, pumps can often make a difference. For example, pumps can allow teens (or almost anyone) to sleep late while helping to reduce the risk of hypo- or hyperglycemia.
3. Pumps provide freedom to eat
People on traditional injection therapy may sometimes speak of “chasing their insulin” – eating carbohydrates to raise blood sugar levels due to the effects of their long-acting insulin regime. Because insulin pumps use fast-acting insulin, there is less of a need for “insulin chasing”.
4. Pumps are precise
The technology of Accu-Chek insulin pumps allows insulin to be delivered in precise increments, which provides more accurate delivery than is possible with an insulin syringe.
5. Pumps are predictable
A rapid-acting insulin is prescribed for use in the pump, which means the action of the insulin and its peak effectiveness are very predictable. For example, with Humalog® and Novorapid® , two widely-used insulins in pumps, the effectiveness peaks in about 60-90 minutes. In contrast, the action of daily injections of intermediate or long-acting insulin is more difficult to predict.
6. Pumps provide continuous delivery
Accu-Chek insulin pumps deliver insulin in consistent intervals, more closely imitating the function of a normal pancreas.
7. Pumps are convenient and flexible
The Accu-Chek Spirit and Accu-Chek Spirit Combo 315-unit insulin pump cartridge provides up to a 6-day supply of insulin (depending on individual usage), and eliminates the need for scheduled injections and minimizes interruption of your daily routine.
8. Pumps are specific to you
The insulin pump is programmed to meet your individual needs. The pump can easily be adjusted to encourage blood glucose levels in the target range, whether you're exercising, ill or following a normal daily routine.
9. Pump therapy offers other health benefits
The pump can be lifesaving for those who have frequent episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when using injections. A landmark scientific study shows that people who practice tight control have less fluctuation in blood glucose levels while maintaining a "close to normal" blood glucose range1.
10. Pump therapy can closely match your individual insulin requirements
For those who are very active or insulin-sensitive, Accu-Chek insulin pumps can help reduce the number of hypoglycemic episodes because rapid-acting insulin has greater predictability of action.
Because the frequency and amount of insulin delivered by an insulin pump more closely mimic the body's natural insulin delivery system, your therapy is optimized when rapid-acting insulin is delivered continuously by the insulin pump. Accu-Chek insulin pump systems can be adjusted for increased or decreased delivery, based on your needs – which can be programmed to occur automatically or manually.
11. Pump therapy can accommodate growth requirements and “dawn phenomenon”
Throughout the night, the body releases growth hormones that can cause blood glucose levels to rise. This early morning rise in blood glucose is called the “dawn phenomenon.” The pump can be programmed to provide enough insulin to help keep blood glucose in the target range during this time.
12. Pump therapy offers choices and freedom
Continuous infusion of rapid-acting insulin allows you to choose when to eat, gives you the freedom to not eat if you are not hungry, and allows you to sleep later when you want. People on insulin pumps enjoy wider choices in food selection since you can “cover” food choices with an additional dose of insulin given through the pump.
1Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. New Engl J Med. 1993;329:977-986