‘5 big advantages’ of pumping
1. Lower HbA1c levels overall.1
Studies show that people who use insulin pumps have lower HbA1c levels – a measure of blood glucose levels over time – than those who take multiple daily injections.2 That’s important, because research shows that the lower the HbA1c, the lower the risk of developing long-term complications.
2. Better day-to-day blood glucose control.3
All kinds of things can affect good control – from stress to illness to travel. Pumps help make things more manageable compared with multiple daily injections by enabling you to adjust your insulin at any time to meet these different challenges. So pump users may feel like they finally “got off the roller coaster.”
3. Fewer severe hypoglycaemic episodes.4
Pump users have been shown to experience fewer episodes of severe hypoglycaemia than those who take injections.3
4. More flexibility.
Insulin pumps are designed to keep up with schedules that change from day to day. Unlike multiple daily injections, pumps give you the freedom to sleep in, decide when you want to eat, choose when and how long to exercise, and so on*.
5. Fewer injections.2
Intensive therapy with multiple daily injections can add up to as many as 1,460 needle sticks a year. Meanwhile, pumps require an infusion set change only about three times a week, or 156 insertions a year.
*Compared to MDI.
1. Hoogma RPLM, Hammond PJ et al. Comparison of the effects of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and NPH-based multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) on glycaemic control and quality of life: results of the 5-nations trial. Diabet Med. 2005:23:141-147. 2. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med. 1993;329(14):977-986. 3. Nicolucci, A et al. Quality of life and treatment satisfaction in adults with Type 1 diabetes: a comparison between continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and multiple daily injections. Diabetic Medicine. 2008; 25:213-220 4. Bode BW, Sabbah HT, Gross TM, Fredrickson LP, Davidson PC. Diabetes management in the new millennium using insulin pump therapy. Diabetes Metab Res Rev.2002;18(suppl 1):S14-S20. Animas User photos are for illustration purposes only. .5. Bode BW, Sabbah HT et al. Diabetes management in the new millennium using insulin pump therapy. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2002; Jan/Feb, Vol. 18 (sppl1): S14;S20. Animas user photos are for illustration purposes only. All patients are Animas pumpers but may be using products not available in all countries.