How to Choose and Use the Latest Diabetes Tech Tools
Things have come a long way in terms of diabetes technology since the days of harpoon syringes, Regular insulin, and urine glucose testing. Today we have access to precise, convenient, powerful insulin delivery systems, as well as accurate, unobtrusive, minute-by-minute glucose testing. But the technology we use is only as powerful as the brain that operates it! So train your brain to get the most out of your diabetes tech tools with the articles in this Insulin Pump section.
Articles on Insulin & Insulin Pumping
This diabetes technology section of Waltzing the Dragon provides the background theory and practical tips needed to get the most from your insulin pump, empowering you to put the diabetes dragon in its place. Click on one of the titles below to read that article.
Articles are categorized in terms of Readiness Levels:
About Choosing an Insulin Pump:
What is an Insulin Pump?
Are You Ready for an Insulin Pump?
Comparison of Insulin Pumps Available in Canada
Common Insulin Pump Features
Unique to Animas Insulin Pumps
Unique to Medtronic Insulin Pumps
Unique to Omnipod Insulin Pumps
About Insulin Pump Funding:
Alberta Pump Program
Using an Insulin Pump:
What Is an Infusion Set?
Choosing Infusion Sets: Factors to Consider
Choosing Infusion Site Location
Numbing Infusion Site
Cleansing Infusion Site
Skin Prep: Keep Sets On, Avoid Irritation
Inserting Infusion Set
Changing Infusion Set
Insulin Pump Accessories
Insulin Pumps and Sun
Insulin Pumps and Surf
Insulin Pumps and Snow
Air Bubble Trouble
Using Insulin Pump Features:
Insulin On Board and Other Basic Pump Features
Beginning articles act as an introduction to the basics of managing type 1 diabetes, written for families with a child who has been recently diagnosed (within the last 6 months or so), and for those who feel there may be gaps in what they remember from the early days. Beginning content represents the basic building blocks for what follows in Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Intermediate articles add another layer of information, expanding upon basic skills. They are designed for families who experienced a type 1 diabetes diagnosis several months (or years) ago, have the Beginning concepts mastered, and who are feeling that they want to do more than just “get by”. Intermediate topics will provide you with the skills to better manage blood glucose.
Advanced articles are designed for those type A’s in the crowd (you know who you are!) who feel that, after all the regular information out there, there must still be more to learn. You can live well with the diabetes dragon without exploring these Advanced topics, but if you are in the pursuit of excellence, and want to further refine and tweak things, the topics in this level are for you.
I sincerely hope the information on these pages helps you focus less on the dragon and more on life… Let’s dance!
This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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