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You probably know that a healthy pancreas releases precise amounts of rapid-acting insulin in response to the body’s needs when sleeping or waking, eating or exercising, or just living. Insulin shots can only approximate that precision—and it is up to you to adjust your life to your injection schedule. Insulin pump therapy, also known as Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Therapy, changes all that.
The advantages of pump therapy are clear:
In insulin pump therapy, a system such as the OmniPod delivers a constant stream of rapid-acting insulin through a tiny, flexible catheter called a cannula. The insulin goes into the fatty tissue below your skin (subcutaneous tissue) and your body absorbs it naturally. Working with your healthcare provider, you decide exactly how much insulin you need, and when. Then you simply program your diabetes pump system to deliver it in two different ways:
No wonder people on insulin pump therapy rarely look back. And, with the OmniPod System, you’ll get all the benefits of insulin therapy in a way that no conventional insulin pump can deliver.
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