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by Jerome Princy (2020-02-15)

If you are a Type 1 StrictionD Review Diabetic chances are you have heard doctors, nurses, friends and family rave about how fantastic Insulin Pump Therapy would be for you. The brochures you picked up have happy smiling people in them. You've seen the DVDs extolling the benefits of wearing a pump. You have read all the statistics. Heard it is like a mechanical pancreas. Why wouldn't you decide to do it? It is a no-brainer, right? The truth is the decision to start using an insulin pump is not an easy one. And probably should not be an easy decision. There are many factors you must think about before making such an important decision. Deciding on insulin pump therapy is not like buying a watch. Where you buy the one you think looks the best and then just wear it and forget about it for the next several years. Many folks - friends, family and even Diabetics themselves - wrongly think of an insulin pump as a cure. Wear it and forget it. That is not the case. It is like car commercials. Big sales pitch to buy the biggest, coolest truck on the block. It will climb mountains, drive on sandy beaches, haul trailers and get through any snowstorm. What the ad does not tell you is that the big truck only gets 4 miles per gallon, is so big it will not fit in any parking space, and costs more than the mortgage on your house. Your A1C will be close to perfect all the time. It is true that many Diabetics who switch over to the pump do get good A1C's even in the 5.0-range. However, there is a chance that your A1C results could worsen after going on the pump. A Diabetic that has wild high/low swings in their blood sugars on multiple daily injections could have an okay A1C in the high 6's or low 7's. But after going on the pump then see A1C's jump as much as 0.5%. The reason is that A1C is an average measurement of how well you are doing over a 3-month period. If you have a lot of extreme lows, your average could fall in a good range. But pump therapy will even out your lows and highs, which is what you want, but could result in your average now being higher without all of the wild fluctuations to throw off the results.