Results of Our Insulin Pump Survey

The results of our pump survey are in, and we had 841 respondents!Clearly, people are passionate about pumping, both pro and con. Infact, they seem to be more passionate about pumping than about sex,judging by the far greater response we got to this survey than wedid to our survey about women and sex!

There were many many commentsmade, as well as many worthwhile suggestions about how to improvepumps. Those comments will be brought to you in a follow-up articlein our next issue. Now, to the results.

Pumper Particulars

Six hundred and eight of those surveyed are on the pump, and 233 usemultiple daily injections. Fifty-one percent of pumpers use Novologin their pump; 43 percent use Humalog; four percent use Apidra; andone percent use Regular. Forty-four percent bolus when they eat.Thirteen percent bolus after they eat; eleven percent bolus tenminutes before eating; and one percent bolus thirty minutes beforethey eat. Thirty-two percent bolus depending on their blood sugarreading.

Thirty-six percent of pumpers check their blood sugar five to sixtimes a day. Twenty-eight percent check seven to eight times daily;twenty percent check more than nine times a day; and fourteenpercent check three to four times a day. Two percent check only oneto two times daily.

When calculating their insulin dose, 84 percent of pumpers estimatetheir carbs and dose accordingly. Twelve percent weigh their foodexactly and calculate very carefully, but five percent just guessand wing it.

Eighty-six percent of pumpers feel that they are in better emotionalshape since going on the pump.

Thirteen percent use a continuous glucose monitor in addition to apump. Of those who don't, 57 percent don't use a CGM because theycan't afford one. Thirteen percent don't want anything else attachedto them, and five percent don't think it would help them.

Fifty-one percent of pumpers have experienced a pump malfunction,but only thirty percent worry about the possibility of amalfunction. Fourteen percent have had a problem with crimping oftheir infusion set.

Seventeen percent think that a pump is more work than multiple dailyinjections, but 83 percent don't. Forty-four percent wish theirpump had additional features. Their suggestions regarding how toimprove pumps are very insightful, and we will bring thosesuggestions to you in another article next issue.

Non-Pumpers Numbers

Of the 233 respondents not on the pump, 87 percent have never triedit, but thirteen percent tried it and returned to multiple dailyinjections. Twenty percent would like to be on the pump, but cannotafford it. Twelve percent would be on the pump if their doctorwould agree to prescribe one for them.

Regarding reasons for not being on the pump, 27 percent ofnon-pumpers do not like the idea of being hooked up to a machine.Ten percent believe that pumping would be no better for them thanmultiple daily injections. Nine percent just haven't gotten aroundto it, and three percent don't want to count carbs. Another threepercent think a pump would be inconvenient, and six percent think apump is too public and obvious. Two percent believe that the pumpwould malfunction, and two percent think a pump is too hard to use.

Of non-pumpers, 34 percent check their blood glucose five to sixtimes a day. 29 percent check it three to four times daily; Eighteenpercent check it seven to eight times daily; nine percent check itonce or twice, and nine percent check it more than nine times daily.

Upcoming Insights

Be sure to look for our pump article next issue, when we'll discussyour many thoughtful suggestions about how to improve pumps.

Editor's Note: In cases where the individual percentages do not addup to 100 percent, the remaining answers were "Not Applicable."

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