Those who have Type I or Type II diabetes are often given insulin to help treat the disease and keep it under control. When it comes to Type I diabetes, an insulin pump is often recommended as daily doses of insulin are necessary for treatment of this disease. Those who have Type I diabetes do not have the option of controlling the disease with diet and medication as it is considered an auto immune disease in which the body attacks the cells that produce insulin. Instead of a syringe injection, which used to be the standard for administering this necessary component into the system, an insulin pump is preferred.
Type I diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood, although there are some individuals with Type II diabetes that can develop this condition. People who have Type I diabetes have a condition in which the body does not produce insulin in the pancreas, causing blood sugar levels to rise to a point where coma or death can occur. Prior to the early 1920s, there was no treatment available for diabetes, which was then considered to be an incurable and fatal disease. Advancements made in recent years, regarding the use of an insulin pump instead of insulin therapy, has made it easier for those who have this condition, as well as parents of children who have Type I diabetes, to administer more adequate and steady doses of insulin. The insulin pump also works better than a single dose with a syringe.
Many people who have Type II diabetes also opt for the insulin pump over medication and diet. Trying to control this disease with medication, diet and exercise can be difficult for a great many people who have diabetes Type II. Being diagnosed with Type II diabetes is often overwhelming for patients who have to learn a whole new way of life that includes diet, exercise and regularly monitoring blood glucose levels with a meter. Many Type II diabetics find this to be very tedious and difficult; rather than risk non compliance in their treatment that can lead to serious health complications including death; they opt for an insulin pump as their method of treatment. The pump is injected into the body, often in the abdominal area and can be covered with a number of accessories. This makes is much easier for a diabetic to live a life closer to the one that they had before the diagnosis.
Even with using an insulin pump, a person with Type I or Type II diabetes has to monitor their blood glucose levels as well as see their doctor on a regular basis. Complications from this condition include damage to the digestive organs, particularly the kidneys, heart disease and frequent infections. Lowered blood circulation to the extremities, especially the feet, make it difficult for wounds to heal for diabetics, which is why they must maintain an adequate intake of insulin in their bodies to avoid a potentially deadly infection from setting in. This can be administered much easier with the use of an insulin pump.