Dr. Nadeau is an accomplished physician who brings extensive experience
to and the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center as Program Director and
Endocrinologist atHoag Medical Group . While he has many areas of interest,
the majority of his recent work, research, and lectures focus on diabetes,
obesity, and nutrition.
Living with diabetes can be challenging but there are new technologies
that can provide both freedom and control. Insulin pumps are powerful
tools that help many diabetics achieve that desired balance. These devices
have become smaller, more advanced, and have a more intuitive user interface
than ever before. Life with diabetes is a journey that can be balanced
with smart use of an insulin pump.
To illustrate this, I often imagine a teenager out with her friends who,
on the spur of the moment, end up at the Veggie Grill for a burger. With
the use of an insulin pump and a quick estimation of the carbohydrate
content of the Bayou Burger, the touch of a button allows immediate coverage
of the carbohydrates without a second thought. The insulin pump allows
people with diabetes that need insulin to have control while living a
normal life. Only being able to eat meals at certain times and of certain
sizes has become a prescription of yesteryear. Freedom and control are
Studies have shown that blood sugar control matters in keeping people
with diabetes healthy in the long run. The insulin pump helps to imitate
normal body functions and maintain control with a very predictable background
level of insulin and “boluses” before meals. Who is a candidate
for insulin pump therapy? Pumps are for motivated patients who are monitoring
their readings regularly. In my experience, good monitoring is a key indicator
of long term success with a pump. Continuous glucose monitors can also
enhance control for those with pumps.
Tandem, Insulet, Medtronic are some of companies that manufacture insulin
pumps. Learning about available insulin pumps via a website is a good
place to start and making an appointment at an insulin pump-friendly diabetes
center, such as the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center, and working with
an endocrinologist/diabetologist who can prescribe a pump are important
next steps. There is much to learn, but the result can be highly liberating.
Innovations in pump therapy continue to grow and, as years go by, insulin
pumps offer increasing opportunities for both glucose control with simultaneous
freedom and an essentially normal life. If you have diabetes, a pump may
be just the answer you have been looking for!