Should a person with uncontrolled blood sugar be on an insulin pump?

1 answer | Last updated: Mar 25, 2009
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Should a person with uncontrolled blood sugar be on a pump?

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Karen Earle, M.D. is medical director of Diabetes Services at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

An insulin pump does not automatically not make blood sugar control better.  A pump can be used as an alternative way to deliver insulin.  A person on a pump still needs to check blood sugars regularly.  In addition, the person wearing a pump needs to learn how to program a pump to determine sensitivity to insulin and carbohydrate.   I recommend that anyone considering an insulin pump see a diabetes educator to learn more about pumps and how to use one.  Insulin pumps are a fantastic method of controlling blood sugars for someone on multiple injections of insulin, however, pumps require a lot of work and will not fix uncontrolled diabetes.