"One important advantage [of wearing an insulin pump] is when I travel by plane. With my insulin pump, I simply adjust my basal rate to cover any time differences and I do my bolus when my meals arrive. It lets me enjoy travelling instead of worrying about my diabetes and how to handle it…and for me, that’s really great."
Keeping Blood Glucose levels under control
In managing diabetes, it is important to take into consideration many factors, including blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate intake, physical activities and insulin requirements to help ensure good blood glucose control and to reduce the risk of complications.
By understanding the body’s needs and learning how to keep blood glucose within recommended levels, it is possible to manage diabetes effectively. It can be a challenge to reach and maintain the HbA1C goal while minimizing the risk of hypoglycemia.
HbA1c: an important measure of how effectively diabetes is being managed using the average glucose levels over the previous 2-3 months to assess the level of diabetes control.
So, as someone living with diabetes, how could an insulin pump make travelling easier for me?
Diabetes, travelling & insulin pumps
When travelling, adjusting to changes in your normal activity, such as eating and sleeping, can be easier with the use of an insulin pump. Managing delayed meals, skipped meals or different foods may be difficult. An insulin pump can help make this easier and give you more flexibility when you travel. An insulin pump allows you to:
- adjust boluses for meals that may come at odd hours
- take small boluses to cover for snacks
- take correction boluses when you’re unsure of the carbohydrate content of new foods and need to adjust
What is an insulin pump?
An insulin pump is a small device, about the size of a mobile phone which can be easily carried on a belt, inside a pocket, or even attached to a bra.
How does the MiniMed® Veo™ Insulin Pump help you control glucose levels?
- Easier dosing
Easier dosing: calculating insulin requirements can be a complex task with many different aspects to be considered. In the MiniMed Veo, the built-in Bolus Wizard® feature helps to ensure accurate dosing by taking into account insulin already in the system, current glucose levels, carbohydrate intake and personal insulin settings to determine the right dose.
- Fewer injections
Precise amounts of rapid acting insulin are delivered throughout the day and night by the infusion set which is replaced every 2 to 3 days.
- Greater flexibility
With the touch of a button on the MiniMed Veo, insulin delivery can be adjusted to allow for exercise, during illness or to deliver small boluses to cover snacks. There is even a temporary basal rate option to reduce or increase the basal insulin rate, an option that can be used during exercise or illness, for example.
- More convenience
The MiniMed Veo offers the additional convenience of a wirelessly connected blood glucose meter. This meter automatically sends blood glucose values to the pump, allowing more accurate Bolus Wizard calculations. It also stores this information in a digital diary along with your insulin doses.
Is an insulin pump right for me?
Many people with Type 1 diabetes may benefit from an insulin pump without even knowing it. In general if they experience any of the following, they could get better control with an insulin pump like the MiniMed® Veo™:
- Seeking more flexibility in everyday life, including during exercise
- Concerns about long-term complications
- Fear of hypoglycemia, especially at night and after sports
- The first symptoms of long term complications
- Fear of needles
- Difficulty in managing highs and lows
- Outside targeted HbA1c levels
Talk to your Healthcare Professional about whether an insulin pump may be right for you or click here to request more information about insulin pump technology and continuous glucose monitoring from Medtronic.
Additional options available with the MiniMed® Veo™
The MiniMed® Veo™ comes with the integrated function of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and Medtronic CareLink® Data Management Software.
The MiniMed Veo, when coupled with CGM, is the only insulin pump with a low glucose suspend feature. If glucose level falls too low, the MiniMed Veo can turn off insulin delivery for up to 2 hours. It can also indicate if glucose levels are rising or dropping quickly by sounding an alert. This can be a big advantage compared to fingerstick testing alone as the MiniMed Veo Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring system will also alert when crossing pre-set threshold limits and shows current glucose trends. A CGM Starter Kit is included with every new MiniMed Veo insulin pump.
- 1 Bergenstal RM, Tamborlane WV, Ahmann A, et al. Effectiveness of sensor-augmented insulin-pump therapy in type 1 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2010;363(4):311-320
- 2 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Continuous Glucose Monitoring Study Group. Continuous glucose monitoring and intensive treatment of Type 1 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2008;359:1464-1476.
- 3 MiniMed® Veo™ Insulin Pump user guide.
- * The CGM system requires the use of the MiniLink™ transmitter and glucose sensors (sold separately).