Types of Insulin Pumps in the Market

Insulin pumps are a type of medication that is used for the treatment of diabetes.



Insulin pumps are a type of medication that is used for the treatment of diabetes. They can be administered by using a pump attached to your body and are used to regulate insulin levels in your body. Insulin pumps for diabetes work by delivering small amounts of insulin through a tube directly into your bloodstream. This helps control blood glucose levels and prevent complications related to diabetes such as heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney disease. 


The t:slim X2 insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes is the first FDA‑cleared insulin pump capable of remote feature updates. As per their experts, “using a personal computer, patients can keep their pump up to date with the latest technology during the pump’s warranty period.”


Read on to learn more about the different types of insulin pumps to figure out which one might be better suited for you:


Continuous insulin pumps

The continuous insulin pump can be used in people with type 1 diabetes or those with type 2 who are not able to use multiple daily injections. This pump delivers insulin through a catheter into the body 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no bolus feature on this pump; however, it can be programmed with different basal rates that can be adjusted based on food intake and activity levels throughout the day. The infusion site (where you attach your infusion tubing) needs to be changed every 2 to 3 days at most—this helps prevent skin irritation from occurring over time by minimizing contact between your skin and the infusion tubing.


Some pumps allow for boluses (small amounts of rapid-acting insulin) before meals, so you don't have to wait until after eating when blood glucose levels rise rapidly after eating carbohydrates like bread or pasta, which cause high postprandial (after meal) blood glucose spikes that occur within 30 minutes after consumption.


Disposable insulin pumps

Disposable pumps are best used by people with type 1 diabetes who require continuous insulin delivery. They are the most common type of pump and come in sizes that fit snugly around your waist or arm.


A disposable insulin pump is a small device that delivers insulin through a catheter under the skin to help control blood sugar levels for up to three days before it needs replacing (some last longer than others). Disposable pumps do not need to be worn all day or night—you can take them off when you eat, shower or go swimming—and they should only be replaced every three to six months.


Insulin patch pumps

Patch pumps are used to deliver insulin through the skin. They come in different forms, including a small pump that is worn on your arm or abdomen and a larger one that you wear like an armband. The smaller patch pumps are easy to use and also discreet, making them ideal if you're concerned about being seen with an insulin pump. Most patch pumps require only one needle insertion per day; however, they can be used for up to three days before needing replacement.


There are many types of insulin pumps available on the market, and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. When deciding which type of pump will be best suited for your needs, it is important to consider what kind of lifestyle you lead as well as how long you have been diabetic. For example, if you are an athlete or do a lot of traveling, it may be helpful to get a pump that has more features than others, such as Bluetooth capabilities or rechargeable batteries.

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