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If you use or have used an insulin pump, have you ever stopped using it?








Yes, but only for a day at the beach or something like that






Yes, I occasionally take short pump breaks of a day or two






Yes, once for a short time but I went back to the pump






Yes, and I haven't returned to using the pump












Total votes: 339


If you use or have used an insulin pump, have you ever stopped using it?

Poll dates: September 19 - 26, 2004
Total Votes: 339

While insulin pump use has been shown in clinical studies to improve diabetes management and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, wearing a pump can be more work than taking injections, and some activities -- such as a day at the beach -- can be more complicated for pump users. With the advent of Lantus® (Insulin Glargine) and strategies such as The "Un-Tethered" Regimen, pump wearers can take short breaks from the pump while still maintaining the good control and lifestyle flexibility that they're used to. If you're unsure how to take a pump break, talk with your diabetes team.

Most people (65%) report never taking a pump break. A fair number -- 16% -- do take breaks for days with activities that are a challenge for pumping. A small number of people report starting on a pump and then stopping (8% this year). Some people also report taking occasional pump breaks.

Answer    Sep 2004 Aug 2002 Nov 2000
No    65% 87% 78%
Yes, for the day    16% n/a n/a
Yes, for a couple days    2% 5% 7%
Yes, for a short time    3% 2% 5%
Yes, quit pumping    8% 3% 7%
Other    3% 1% n/a

For more information, see our Insulin Pumps section.

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