Life with a pump
Diabetes and travel
For many, travelling for business or for pleasure is part of our lives, whether commuting by car or flying by plane. Travelling can be disruptive to the usual daily planning of meals and sleep, and with Type 1 diabetes this can become more of an adventure.
Although it will require a good understanding of how to manage supplies, with proper preparation, Type 1 diabetes should not restrict or discourage anyone’s wish to travel.
I was 16 when I discovered I had diabetes, and spent the next 13 years on multiple daily injections. But then, I agreed to try the insulin pump just for a running race, and I realized that controlling my diabetes was much, much easier with a pump. One important advantage 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(BG) 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 ensure good blood glucose control and to reduce the risk of complications.
It can be a challenge to reach and maintain the HbA1C goal whilst minimising the risk of hypoglycaemia. However, by understanding the body’s needs and learning how to keep blood glucose within recommended levels, it is possible to manage diabetes effectively.
HbA1c: an important measure of how effectively diabetes can be managed using the average glucose levels over the previous 2 to 3 months to assess the level of diabetes control.
So, as someone living with diabetes, how can I better manage my glucose control while travelling?
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 diverse diets when travelling may be difficult. An insulin pump can make food management and blood glucose control easier and more flexible when you travel. Indeed, the insulin pump allows you to adjust boluses for meals that come at odd hours, taking many small boluses for snacks, or for taking correction boluses when you’re unsure of the carbohydrate content of new foods. And since it is possible to use a pump whilst flying on commercial air crafts, you can go wherever your heart leads you.
To allow you to plan your travel, please check our website to find the Medtronic international offices: www.medtronicdiabetes.com/contact/international-locations
An insulin pump is a small device, about the size of a mobile phone, that can be easily carried on a belt, inside a pocket, or even attached to a bra.
The pump can help you and your healthcare team to more closely mimic the way a healthy pancreas delivers the basal insulin to the body by providing small amounts of rapid acting insulin during the day and night. It can help to better manage the need for insulin dose adjustments, particularly after meals and overnight, and can thus help to achieve better glucose control.
Clinical studies*confirm that Type 1 patients of all ages who switch from multiple daily injections to insulin pump therapy report improvements in their quality of life and increased satisfaction with their treatment.
I believe the pump is an exceptional device. Now I have regained confidence in myself and I am fully confident in my pump. I can now drive my car and live my life fully with complete peace of mind.
HOW THE MINIMED® 640G INSULIN PUMP CAN HELP IN DAILY LIFE
The MiniMed® 640G insulin pump allows for better glucose control due to the ability to adjust insulin delivery, reducing the risks of hypers and hypos. With insulin pump therapy users can benefit from:
- Easier dosing
Easier dosing: Calculating insulin requirement can be a complex task with many different aspects to be considered. As part of the MiniMed 640G insulin pump, the built-in Bolus Wizard® feature helps to ensure more accurate dosing by taking into account the insulin already in the body, current glucose levels, carbohydrate intake and personal insulin settings.
- Fewer injections
Precise amounts of rapid acting insulin are delivered throughout the day by an infusion set, which is easily changed every 2 to 3 days.
- Greater flexibility
The MiniMed 640G insulin pump can be instantly adjusted to allow for exercise, during illness or to deliver small boluses to cover snacks. This can be easily done with a touch of a button, rather than with another injection.
- More convenience
The MiniMed 640G insulin pump 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, such as the MiniMed 640G, without even knowing it. In general if you experience any of the following, you could obtain better control with an insulin pump:
- More flexibility when travelling
- Fear of needles
- Difficulty in managing highs and lows
- Outside targeted HbA1c levels
- Reduced hypoglycaemia awareness
- Fear of hypoglycaemia, especially at night
- Concerns about long-term complications
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE WITH THE MINIMED® 640G INSULIN PUMP
The MiniMed 640G insulin pump is also available with the additional integrated options of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and CareLink™ Therapy Management Software.
When coupled with CGM, the MiniMed 640G insulin pump is currently the only insulin pump with the SmartGuard® feature which may help reduce the impact of hypoglycaemia*. If glucose levels fall dangerously low, SmartGuard can predict when you are approaching lows 30 minutes in advance and automatically stop insulin delivery. When your glucose levels recover, it will automatically resume insulin delivery. This could be a big advantage over SMBG because the MiniMed Integrated System alerts you prior to crossing pre-set threshold limits, as well as showing current glucose trends
- * References are kept on file and are available on request; please contact your local Medtronic representative for copies.