Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users


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 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

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.
Comment by David C Weisberg on April 2, 2014 at 12:28pm

Christy. I am type 1 and it has made no difference to my weight whether I am on shots or the pump. When I ate too much while on shots, I just gave myself a larger shot to accompany the food. Unfortunately, sometimes I miscalculated and wound up passing out and being taken to the hospital by ambulance. I have never had to take that ambulance ride while on the pump.

Comment by PMichel on April 2, 2014 at 12:24pm

Good luck. Managing my weight has become easier with time and my control has been the best with the pump. I would encourage you to stay on the pump and not go backward. Even though I try not to deny myself too much, my main tool is sticking to the serving size. If I want chips, I have one of the little singlesize bags I put in my kids lunch. If I want chocolate, I get one of the individual treats at the register. I also try to have healthy options like fruits, single serving cheese snacks (laughing cow) and the yoplait light yogurts are tasty. One other great change was subbing regular pasta for the shirataki noodles. You can eat the entire package with no carbs and just saute it in your sauce.

Hope some of this helps

Comment by Linda B on April 2, 2014 at 11:58am

It sounds like you have made up your mind that it is time to lose weight. You should be able to do that with or without the pump. In fact, restricting the amount of food you eat should be easier with the pump than with shots.
It would be a good idea for you to find a medical professional to help you with your weight loss regimen.


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