Continuous Glucose Monitoring/Insulin Pump Therapy
Continuous glucose monitoring/insulin pump therapy helps patients manage their body's blood sugar levels by delivering doses of insulin automatically via a small device, called a glucose monitor or insulin pump.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps your body to move glucose (sugar) from food you eat to other cells in the body through the bloodstream. Your cells need the glucose for energy and if there is more glucose in your body than it needs the insulin helps to store it to be used later. In individuals with diabetes, the pancreas does not produce adequate insulin, or the insulin does not properly process blood sugar. Insulin pump therapy — also called continuous glucose monitoring — can help correct this.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
An insulin pump is a small device — about the size of a small cell phone — that monitors your body's blood sugar. When glucose levels rise, the insulin pump delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin to closely match your body’s needs.
The insulin pump, or glucose monitor, is worn externally and can be discreetly clipped to your belt, slipped into a pocket, or hidden under your clothes. Pumps delivers either basal or bolus doses:
- Basal Rate: Small amounts of insulin are sent continuously for normal functions of the body.
- Bolus Dose: Additional insulin can be delivered “on demand” to match the food you are going to eat or to correct a high blood sugar.