Insulin pumps for type 1 diabetes
People with unstable diabetes, or those needing many injections of insulin a day, may benefit from an insulin pump that is worn on the body (on a belt for instance) and that continuously delivers insulin via a needle implanted into the body. The pump can be programmed to deliver different amounts or types of insulin (very short-acting or short-acting) at different times during the day or night to help keep blood glucose levels within the recommended range.
You may need to test your blood glucose levels more often if you use an insulin pump to make sure that your blood glucose levels remain within the recommended levels. This is because the insulin in the pump is only active for a short time (short-acting). A health professional can provide advice about whether or not an insulin pump is right for you.
Register with the National Diabetes Services Scheme
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) can provide diabetes-related blood glucose monitoring equipment at subsidised prices, and provides information and support on a range of topics. Registration is free. Ring them on 1300 136 588 or visit www.ndss.com.au.
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