Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

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Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 3, 2014 at 5:47pm

Christy, when you said you were an impulse eater, the thought that immediately sprung into my mind is that maybe you have an eating disorder. There is a disorder called binge eating disorder, that may apply to you. If that is the case (and I don't really know what your eating habits are), then you might benefit from some counseling from someone who is knowledgeable about eating disorders. I have an eating disorder, different from yours, but for a long time, I denied it, and even when I did ask for help, I told them it was because I didn't know how to control my diabetes and eat normally at the same time. Well, I later figured out (with a lot of help) that it wasn't true; I genuinely did have an eating disorder. IF that's the case with you, bariatric surgery alone won't really help -- people can stretch out the sleeve and return to their former weights if the root cause of their overeating is not addressed.

And with all that said, I don't think the pump makes one whit of difference. If I had to go back on shots, it would make me less likely to take my insulin although I would continue to eat. That's a recipe for disaster! With the pump, at least, all I have to do is push buttons; The first part of my treatment goal is to take insulin every single time I eat anything -- no freebies! The second part is to eat healthy foods, and not binge on sweets instead. To learn to pass that donut by. Which is really hard but it's what I have to do. And knowing how hard that is, is why I would encourage you to get an eating-disorder assessment. Couldn't hurt, and maybe, could help.

Comment by christy on April 3, 2014 at 11:15am
On a different note, I've been researching diabetic tattoos and came across a new way to check blood. Nanosensors are injected under the skin in tattoo form and glucose levels are monitored nonstop! Have y'all heard of this?
Comment by christy on April 3, 2014 at 11:12am
I've actually been diagnosed with Type 1 and 2 in the past. My current dr says it's a load of BS but I think it's true. So in screwed whichever way I go. He recommended the gastric sleeve procedure because I won't lose as many nutrients as I would with bypass.
Comment by Elizabeth on April 3, 2014 at 7:22am

A thought: is it possible that you are both type 1 AND type 2? The disease mechanisms are different — you are not producing insulin, and that makes you type 1, but if you are ALSO insulin resistant, that would make you a type 2 from the strictly disease-process standpoint. It would mean you're using more insulin than would otherwise be necessary, and could, potentially, also mean that some of the "overeating" you're doing is in response to a genuine desire on the part of your cells to have more glucose because the insulin you're taking isn't necessarily getting it to them as they need it.

Not that it would change much in terms of your goals of weight loss and improved eating habits, because those would indeed be important steps toward restoring health, but it *could* mean that adding hypoglycemic medications would help. OTOH, there have been a lot of people who've had good results with the surgical technique both in terms of losing weight and reducing insulin resistance, so that would also address the problem.

I don't know that this offers any useful advice but it's something to think about.

Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 7:40pm
Also, diabetes is all about dietary habits. My bad habits are from being diagnosed as a teenager and revolting. I've denied my disease for too long. It's time to get back to reality-my reality.
Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 7:37pm
Guys...I'm getting direct medical advice from my endocrinologist and a bariatric surgeon. This the 2nd endocrinologist that has advised me to get off the pump. Neither knew anything about the other. That shiny new car you took out for a test run turned out to be a runaway train for me. The pump isn't for everyone. I wanted it to fix my problem and it didn't.
Comment by Vinz Clortho on April 2, 2014 at 1:23pm

Christy, thought experiment: If you were non-diabetic, and had to use neither the pump nor shots, how would your impulse eating be affected? Seems like it would be easier than ever to pick up the doughnut. I think the weight issue, as noted by others, is not necessarily directly diabetes related or treatment regimen related. If you're using the idea of shots as a deterrent from impulse eating, you might want to look for other ways to thwart the impulses that won't affect your ability to manage your diabetes.

That said I do understand the convenience of the pump. I'm relatively new to it, and given that it's shiny new technology, kinda like a sports car, I wanted to take it for a spin, maybe do the equivalent of a few burnouts. Large shake at Sonic, 208 carbs. Can I keep my glucose level from going through the roof? Turns out with the pump and CGM, I can do a reasonably good job of it provided I bolus appropriately and have a very long dual wave - like 4 hours. But as I'm not stick thin, I don't want to make a habit of this.

Anyway, I do think the main issue boils down more to dietary habits more than a specific diabetic therapy, and I'd echo getting medical advice on weight loss if that's your goal.

Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 1:14pm
Good idea. I'll hold onto my pump. I remember how much I hated shots. My endo and weightloss dr/surgeon are in close contact with each other. I've had months of testing and preparing for this procedure. I'm still working on some vitamin deficiencies.
Comment by Linda B on April 2, 2014 at 1:10pm

Christy,
If you really believe that the pump is the cause of your overeating, then go ahead and try shots for awhile. Just don't give away your pump supplies. You may find that it's too hard to maintain good control on shots. But maybe shots will work for you. So give it a try.
I still think you need a medical professional to guide you through your weight loss process.

Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 12:58pm
It's a big ordeal to draw up insulin and shoot it than just reaching to push a button when you see a donut laying on a table. I'm an impulse eater. The pump allows for that too easily.
 

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