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An insulin pump is an alternative therapy for people with diabetes who are being treated with an intensive insulin regime using a syringe or a pen and regularly measure their blood glucose. An insulin pump replaces the injections. It is worn externally on the body, e.g. on a belt.
Approximately 250,000 people worldwide are currently being treated with an insulin pump. Learn more about the basics of pump therapy and the funtionality of Accu-Chek insulin pumps on the following pages.
The pancreas versus the pump
The pancreas of a person without diabetes regularly releases small quantities of insulin into the body every 6 to 12 minutes to regulate blood glucose levels. The amount of insulin released varies with each individual’s internal clock, as well as factors such as physical activity, metabolism, stress and illness. When a person eats, the pancreas releases an extra surge of insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. Insulin pump therapy is a treatment that closely mimics the action of the pancreas, providing a constant supply of insulin to the body and extra doses as they are needed.
Pump therapy versus injection therapy
In contrast to insulin pump therapy, conventional insulin injection therapy does not mimic the action of the pancreas. A blanket injection of long-acting insulin may not correspond to the body’s varying needs during the course of the day—and those using this technique may be forced to plan meals and other aspects of life according to their injection schedules. Intensive injection therapy, involving multiple daily injections of long- and intermediate-acting insulin, is an improvement over conventional injection therapy but does not provide the continuous insulin delivery of an insulin pump which most closely mirrors the release of insulin in a person without diabetes. Accu-Chek pumps deliver pre-programmed basal insulin every 3 minutes.
480 precise doses of insulin every day with Accu-Chek pumps
Four doses just can’t measure up. The four daily doses of insulin that the average person on intensive injection therapy receives just can’t match the precision of 480 doses per day—one dose every three minutes—delivered by an Accu-Chek® Combo insulin pump. Pump therapy gives you frequent doses of fast-acting insulin, all day and night. The rate of your basal delivery can be tailored to your body’s metabolic needs - sleep, exercise and eat with greater flexibility and peace of mind. Your pump can be programmed to deliver bolus doses of insulin before meals or snacks to compensate for your calorie intake. You can determine the precise amount and timing of each bolus.
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How about more freedom...
With the Accu-Chek® Combo insulin pump system, you can eat what you want when you want, without a lot of food/insulin 'juggling'. Of course some foods always need to be in moderation e.g. alcohol, high fat or high salt foods. Speak with your healthcare professional for dietary advice.
Better health management...
The precise insulin doses that you can achieve with a pump can assist with reducing fluctuations in blood glucose readings, better HbA1c readings, and a reduced risk of major health issues like stroke, kidney disease, heart attacks and eye damage.1,2 Even a 1% improvement in your HbA1c score greatly reduces your risk of diabetes complications.3
And a life more like one without diabetes.
People with diabetes on insulin injections are a bit like boy scouts. They always have to be prepared. And while wearing the Accu-Chek Combo insulin pump system doesn’t mean you can throw out your emergency kit, pump therapy can help keep you prepared without the inconvenience of injections. Instead of having to stop what you’re doing to take an injection, the Accu-Chek Combo insulin pump helps automate your insulin therapy.
You may be amazed that when you have greater control of your blood glucose levels (thanks to the assistance of your pump) you can have an increase in energy and a decrease in mood swings.
Because your body receives frequent, precise doses of insulin, even at night, you can greatly reduce the danger of overnight hypoglycaemia—a common problem with conventional injection therapy. You can prevent exercise-related hypoglycaemia by programming the pump to temporarily decrease insulin delivery during physical activity. With the assistance of the Accu-Chek® Combo insulin pump system, you can sleep late if you feel like it or go out to dinner with friends on the spur of the moment. A pump puts you in control.Back to Top