From Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA:
My granddaughter has had Type 1 for 10 years. She is entering puberty and her sugars are yo-yo'ing. I have heard of an insulin drip implant which puts out a steady drip and allows better regulation of sugars. Do you know anything about this?
There is no device that puts out a steady drip of insulin to provide better control of blood sugars at home. (Temporarily in the hospital insulin and sugar can be given intravenously at a steady rate to achieve more stable control -- assuming the person isn't eating real food.)
You may be referring to the subcutaneous insulin pump which can give insulin in small doses at changing rates (determined by the person with diabetes according to the results of frequent blood sugar measurements, changes in activity, and food intake).
Implantable pumps which give insulin into the abdomen (but also as directed by the patient using a radiofrequency device to change the rate of infusion) are still experimental. Theoretically they should be able to provide even better control than the subcutaneous pumps now in use because the insulin works faster and more insulin reaches the liver soon after given. This is more similar to the way the body releases insulin naturally. Unfortunately, after over a decade of research, this method of insulin delivery is still in the experimental phase.
Original posting 8 Feb 1999
Posted to Insulin Pumps
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:02
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