Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 6, 2005
Daily Care, Insulin Pumps
Question from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada:
My child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two months ago. We try very hard to manage his diabetes, but his blood sugar is not stable. Very often, he has lows and highs. We were asking our doctor about pump therapy, but he said that is too early for that because, at this time, our son takes only 10 units of insulin daily. Is pump therapy better way to manage diabetes? Is it recommended for children in the early stage of diabetes?
An insulin pump can offer many advantages. When managed by a knowledgeable physician that takes care of children with diabetes, it can offer very precise insulin delivery at meals and for the child’s basal insulin needs and fewer injections (one infusion set change every three days compared to many injections per day on shots). If an insulin pump is not feasible for you, I would still recommend talking to an informed diabetes educator to learn other advantages and disadvantages of pump therapy. In the meantime, you should also focus on ensuring that you are using correct insulin dosing by reviewing blood sugars with your diabetes team frequently.