What are the disadvantages of using an insulin pump?
- Can cause weight gain
- Can cause diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) if your catheter comes out and you don’t get insulin hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. The beta cells of the pancreas make insulin. When the body cannot make enough insulin, it is taken by injection or through use of an insulin pump.
- Can be expensive.
- Can be bothersome since you are attached to the pump most of the time.
- Usually require a half-day at the Diabetes centre for training on how to use the pump.
There are pluses and minuses to using a pump. Even though using an insulin pump has disadvantages, most pump users agree the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.