Authors: By ADCES in Collaboration with Lilly Diabetes
There are different types of insulin that people with diabetes can use in an insulin pump. One of these types, called faster acting insulin, begins to lower glucose (blood sugar) faster than other types of insulin.
It’s important to learn about different types of insulins, including faster acting insulin, and then work with your health care team to decide if faster acting insulin is right for you. The different groups of insulin for pumps include short acting, fast acting, and faster acting.
Faster acting insulin has ingredients that typically cause it to start lowering your blood sugar faster than other types of insulin do. This also means faster acting insulin leaves your body quicker than other insulins.
If your blood sugar after meals is above your target range, faster acting insulin may be a good option for you. This is especially true if you’re worried that your blood sugar could get too low because you keep changing the dose of your current insulin.
If you would like to use faster acting insulin, ask your health care team or pharmacist first. They can direct you to a faster acting insulin that is approved for use in your specific pump. Be sure to use the faster acting insulin according to the insulin pump Instructions For Use.
These recommendations, along with proper training and insulin pump support, will help you manage diabetes with an insulin pump successfully and safely.
Talk with your health care team if:
When using your pump and insulin be sure to:
Insulin infusion sets must be:
Using insulin delivered by a pump can allow for flexibility in different parts of your diabetes management. This can include eating when it works best for you instead of at set times. Also, you can have the pump deliver insulin all at one time or spread the dose over a set time.
Faster acting insulin might enhance your insulin pumping experience because of its quick action. Now that you know more about how it works and how to use it safely, you may want to give it a try!
Taking insulin and other medications as directed helps you manage your diabetes successfully. Talk to your diabetes care team if you are having trouble taking your insulin and other medications as directed or if you have questions about the medications you are taking. Find a list of sample questions for your diabetes care team and tips for taking medication on our ADCES website.
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