You should work with your physician to determine if an insulin pump is an option for you. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
How old do you have to be to be on the pump?
There is no minimum age required for insulin pump therapy. Your physician and your family should decide as a team if pump therapy is an option for you. Generally, our pumpers are between 8-16 years old.
What is the process for starting insulin pump therapy?
Once your physician and family decide that pump therapy is an option for you, you will be referred to our Insulin Pump Program Coordinator. You will receive information about the different pumps and start the process of transitioning to pump therapy with help from the team.
Who is part of the team?
Jill Meier, RN CPNP will coordinate your transition process and help you get the necessary paperwork to your insurance company. She is certified by Medtronic, Animas, Roche, Dexcom and Insulet, the manufacturers of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. She conducts all training classes and helps you and your family make adjustments after pump therapy is initiated.
Jennifer Cleveland, RD is one of our pediatric diabetes dietitians. She is an expert on insulin pump therapy, nutrition, and diabetes. She can review your insulin regimen, and help teach you how to count carbohydrates and use carb-to-insulin ratiosratios if you are unfamiliar with that.
Of course, you, your family, and diabetes physician are also part of the team, and you will continue to see us every 3-4 months for your routine clinic visits.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 317.944.3889.