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.
November 14, 2001
Question from Mississippi, USA:
My 13 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for about six months now and has been thinking about getting a pump. Is the pump better than the insulin injections? Some people say that it is more efficient. They love the pump, but also other people tell me that it is hard and that injecting the insulin is better.
If your daughter does not have a diabetes team or a doctor knowledgeable about teenagers using insulin pumps, I would either find such an individual/team or leave the idea go. You and your daughter probably need to see a diabetes team and discuss these issues with them.
If you daughter wants a pump, it is more work at first to learn all about it (and blood glucose monitoring is key here). However, the pump gives much more flexibility in life.
[Editor’s comment: Please see previous questions about pump use and Is pumping for you?.