Insulin Pump

Capital Endocrine & Diabetes

Endocrinology & Diabetes Specialists located in Cedar Park, TX

An insulin pump can be one of the most efficient ways to manage your blood sugar because it’s an automatic insulin delivery process. At Capital Endocrine & Diabetes, Venkatesh Segu, MD, FACE, ECNU, and the team of experts provide state-of-the-art insulin pumps, including sensor-augmented versions, to control Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Call the Cedar Park, Texas, office.

Insulin Pump Q&A

What is an insulin pump?

An insulin pump is a device that delivers insulin directly into your bloodstream. Some diabetics who need daily insulin use the self-injection route, but many prefer to avoid the injections if possible. That's where an insulin pump can help. 

Capital Endocrine & Diabetes offers insulin pumps for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It's more common for Type 1 diabetics to wear an insulin pump because they need insulin to survive. But late-stage Type 2 diabetics also require insulin, and an insulin pump is an efficient way to get it.

What are the different parts of an insulin pump?

Insulin pumps include several components. The pump reservoir is a small device — about the size of a beeper — that you wear secured to your belt or another item of clothing. 

A thin tube runs from the insulin pump reservoir, ending in a plastic needle that goes into the fatty layer of your skin. The plastic needle usually goes into your abdomen, upper arm, or hip area. 

There are also tube-free insulin pumps that adhere to your skin with strong adhesive. You control a tube-free pump with a wireless device.

How do insulin pumps function?

There are two general categories for insulin pumps, each with a unique method of function.

Standard insulin pump

A standard insulin pump delivers insulin into your body at programmed rates throughout the day and night. You can also adjust insulin delivery by programming a bolus (big dose of insulin) during meals. 

Sensor-augmented insulin pump

A sensor-augmented insulin pump combines continuous glucose monitoring technology with insulin delivery. Your continuous glucose monitor constantly keeps track of your glucose level, and it can communicate this information to your insulin pump. Then, your insulin pump can make any necessary adjustments to your insulin delivery. 

Sensor-augmented insulin pumps are amazing technology because they help you avoid constant finger pricks to check glucose, and they also manage your insulin levels using the most up-to-the-minute information. 

The Capital Endocrine & Diabetes team teaches you the proper routines for changing insulin in the reservoir, maintaining your glucose sensor, disconnecting and reconnecting tubing, reattaching tube-free pumps to your skin, and more. 

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and want to try an insulin pump for glucose control, call Capital Endocrine & Diabetes to arrange now.