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Insulin pumps

An insulin pump is a device that you wear 24 hours a day to deliver insulin. The pump delivers a set amount of insulin continuously throughout the day and night.

You attach the pump to your skin. Insulin flows into your body through a tiny tube under your skin. The tube is replaced every 2 to 3 days and the pump moved to another part of your body.

Using the pump, you add extra insulin at mealtimes.

A pump can give you more flexibility with what you eat and may help you to have more stable blood glucose levels. However, a pump might not suit everyone.

If you are having trouble managing your diabetes despite regular testing, insulin and carbohydrate counting, ask your team if an insulin pump might help.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2020
Next review due: 1 August 2023

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.