Five Advantages to Pumping

With the OneTouch® Ping™ glucose management system, having your body perform well inside and out is the goal. While multiple daily injections can make that possible, pumping definitely has some advantages.
For example, we think you should be able to live your life without worrying that your control isn't as tight as it could be, or you'll go low in the middle of a corporate presentation, or you'll sleep through your alarm—and your morning insulin dose. Not to mention some 1,400 needle sticks a year.
With that in mind, here are some of the main advantages to pumping.

1. Lower A1c Levels

Studies show that people who use insulin pumps have lower A1c levels—a measure of blood sugar control over time—than those who take multiple daily injections.1 That’s important, because research shows that the lower the A1c, the lower the risk of development and progression of long-term complications like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and amputation. In fact, any sustained lowering of blood sugar helps lower these risks, even in people with a history of poor control.2

2. Fewer Hypoglycemic Episodes

Pumpers have been shown to experience fewer episodes of severe hypoglycemia than those who take injections, including during the night.3

3. Fewer Injections

Intensive therapy with multiple daily injections can add up to as many as 1,460 needle sticks a year. Meanwhile, insulin pumps require an infusion set change only about three times a week, or 156 insertions a year.

4. More flexibility

Insulin pumps like the OneTouch® Ping™ glucose management system are designed to keep up with schedules that change from day to day. Unlike multiple injections, the pump gives you the freedom to sleep in, decide when and if you want to eat, choose when and how long to exercise, and so on—no "clock watching" required. Travel can be less of a challenge. You can simply change the pump's clock when you travel across time zones.

5. Fine-Tuned Control

Every Day All kinds of things can affect good control—from stress to illness to travel. Pumps help make things more manageable by enabling you to adjust your insulin at any time to meet these different challenges.

Thomas C. Schreiber
Animas Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company
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  1. Hoogma RPLM, Hammond PJ, Gomis R, Kerr D, Bruttomesso D, Bouter KP, et al. Comparison of the effects of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and NPH-based multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) on glycaemic control and quality of life: results of the 5-nations trial. Diabet Med. 2005;23:141-147.
  2. Stratton IM, Adler AL, Neil AW, Matthews DR, Manley SE, et al. Association of glycaemia with macrovascular and microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 35): prospective observational study. BMJ. 2000;321:405-412.
  3. Bode BW, Sabbah HT, Gross TM, Fredrickson LP, Davidson PC. Diabetes management in the new millennium using insulin pump therapy. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2002;18(suppl 1):S14-S20.