If you have diabetes and are injecting multiple times each day you may want to consider switching to an insulin pump. The Omnipod insulin pump, also known as “the pod”, is a tiny white “egg-looking” device that is very simple to use, has no wires, is very discreet and allows you the luxury of having the best control over your diabetes.
The pod has many features to be aware of:
- It can be worn in any area that you typically inject.
- It is 1.6″ x 2.4″ x 0.7″ (so small and in 2012 will be even smaller!) – making it very discreet.
- It’s PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) has multi-uses:
- With a press of a button the pod will insert itself. Simply remove the adhesive from the small device and attach to your skin. Press a button on the PDM and it’s done!
- Does not have to be with you to work. Basal rate is provided without the PDM and pod communicating. You will need the PDM to give bolus rates, hear alarms and make changes.
- It’s waterproof up to 25 feet for 60 minutes. This allows you to bathe, swim and partake in sports without removing the pod.
- The PDM is also a glucose monitor – the very accurate Freestyle meter
- The PDM and pod communicate within an area of 2 feet
- Contains a food library for carbohydrate counting
- It is recommend that the pod be changed every 3 days. It holds a maximum of 200 units of rapid-acting insulin such as Humalog, Novolog or Apidra.
- Glucose readings can be downloaded
- CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) device such as the Dexcom Seven Plus may be used to enhance your diabetes control.
OmniPod – Talk to your friends who may be already wearing an insulin pump, attend pump support groups, ask your endocrinologist or diabetes educator about the advantages of the pump and then decide if it’s for you. Most pump wearers feel that it makes their lives easier!