I've been a diabetic for almost 10 years and I've been using insulin pen for Humalog and Lantose. Recently, my cousin recommended me to use insulin pump, but I wonder if the change is really effective?
Of course it depends on the user, how I manage it but will the double/triple cost of investing a pump be really worth it?
What's the best pump can you recommend for an active/outdoor lifestyle?
Is there a budget pump? Like quality pump at a fair/low price?
Is Medtronic's continuous blood glucose monitoring really accurate?
Thank you for your advices!
I currently have the Animas Ping Pump and for the first time last week, I actually go in the pool with my pump on and had no problems. Before last week, I had doubts about the claims of the pump being water proof, but I actually now am comfortable doing being recreational with it. I am also in Tae-Kwon-Do, and I have never had any problems during sparing and fighting. I can't help you on the budget part, because my insurance paid for my pump and supplies 100# with doctors approval, but I can say that it has cut down the cost of pharmacy co-payments; I no longer have to get Pens, Pen Needles, etc. I now only need Pens for back up if my pump were to ever malfunction, and on the regular I only have to buy wipes to clean the area I'm going to insert my insect and the humalog vials. I still also do have to pay the co-payment for the remote meter to check my glucose levels, but those were also cheap for me. But overall, it has cut down the cost signaficantly from pharamcy because I only get Pens onces a year to replace back up and vials are way cheaper and last longer than pens.
I am also in the Philippines. I don't know anyone using pump here. I think supplies and servicing could be quite a challenge, let alone having an endo who knows about it - let alone the cost.
Do you use basal-bolus or are you on 70/30 or otehr mixed insulin?
The typical local diet is also a huge challenge for managing diabetes. Nearly all carbs and everything is sweetened! :)
Hi Sally, who's your endo in PH? :)
Im using Lantose (1 night shot) and Humalog (every meal shot).
We can meet up sometime! =) Message me your contact details =)
I'm in Ortigas. Just sacked my endo - or won't see him again unless it's something an endo simply must handle & diabetes doesn't qualify. He;s the endo who's Dr to polliticians here and has recently been on tv with the impeachment trial. Found an experienced GP to oversee things - 2nd appointment shortly. Early days yet, but so far so good.
Do you have a good endo? Maybe I should be taking notes.
I'm using Humalin-N as basal mornimg amd nights and Humalog for meals.
But if I drink wine I can skip the Humalog! Probably not the best management strategy, but it seems to work! :)
Would like to catch up. Message you later.
Have a 3 1/2 yo to get to bed in advance of starting kindergarten again tomorrow.
I'm not sure there is a "budget pump" as they all tend to be pretty pricey? I have a Medtronics 523 and have been pretty active with it (Tae Kwon Do too Leotha!) and haven't had too many problems.
I had 6ish A1Cs for years, had gone up to the 7s briefly (trying to lose weight, not diabulemia or anything like that, just guessing and not really knowing what I was doing...) as I'd started working out more. I was getting in shape but BG all over the place. Learning about discipline was useful but the pump was a big help and my A1C has been in the 5s since I got it, pretty much 5.5 or below since I got the CGM? I don't know if there's any super advantage to doing that but I like to feel I'm doing everything I can. I don't find the Medtronics CGM too problematic althogh the needle seems pretty wicked!
I just started with the Omnipod units. I think "pricey" depends on your insurance. As far as I can tell, using the Omnipod is going to be just about equal for me over using the pens. If I'd gone with a tube style pump, I'd been out a couple thousand to start though. The startup cost for the Omnipod was about 1/4 of that. With my insurance I'll be out around $150 to $200 per month for pumps, insulin and test strips.
Insulet advertises their pumps heavily with atheletes. If that has any indication.
Thanks Scott for your inputs =)
Your right, pricey depends on your insurance. However, my insurance doesn't support my illness since I got my insurance after I was diagnosed of having diabetes. Will check out insulet! =) Thanks again!
Thanks much Nancy! Love your feedback! =)