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Insulin Pumps

One of the easiest ways to take insulin is through a device called an insulin pump. The insulin pump is a great option for people who cannot get their sugars under control using other devices like insulin syringes or insulin pens. Although a great option for many diabetics, the insulin pump is very expensive. Most insulin pumps cost several thousands of dollars. The insulin pump works by delivering gradual amounts of rapid acting insulin directly into the bloodstream.

Insulin Pumps and Insulin Devices

There are many ways to take insulin. Besides the insulin pump, the more traditional methods for taking insulin are self-injecting with an insulin needle and syringe. There are other devices on the market that work as well. The insulin pen is another way to give insulin. The insulin pen does not eliminate the needle, however its unique design makes it easier for some to measure the amount of insulin they are taking.

There is also a device called "jet injection". This device is for those people who cannot handle the idea of sticking themselves with a needle. The device is considerably more expensive then the insulin pen and the traditional needle and syringe.

Insulin and Insulin Pumps

Insulin is an important hormone produced by your pancreas and it is responsible for allowing glucose to enter your muscle and fat cells. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to control their blood sugar. Many people with type 2 diabetes can manage their disease with diet, physical activity, and medicine(s), but over time, people with type 2 diabetes may need insulin. As mentioned, the insulin pump is one method for getting the insulin needed for managing blood glucose levels.

Insurance and Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps are by far one of the most expensive methods for delivering insulin. Your doctor will have to be the one who specifies the need for an insulin pump. If this happens, it will be important to check with your insurance company about the out of pocket cost associated with the insulin pump. Most insurance companies will cover the majority of the cost of all diabetes supplies and testing equipment. The insured usually has co-pay. Most co-pays typically average around 20%. This will vary by insurer and health plan. That being said, make sure you understand the financial impact of switching to a device like an insulin pump.

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