By Gary Scheiner I’ve always felt that it takes three things -- I call them the “3 Ts” -- to manage diabetes effectively: Tools, Techniques, and ‘Tude (attitude… but I needed something that starts with “T”). If any of the three is lacking, diabetes management tends to fall apart. Insulin pumps fall into the “tools” category. Pumps are viewed as one of the more powerful and effective instruments at our disposal, but it still takes the skills and desire to use a pump optimally in order to achieve better glucose control and quality of life. Since most people stay tethered to their insulin pump longer than the average marriages lasts, it pays to shop around. There are now SIX different insulin pumps on the U.S. market, and there are differences between them – distinctions that have both clinical and convenience implications. That’s why we have a detailed set of pump comparisons at our website. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to use one of the “new kids on the block” -- the Snap insulin pump from Asante Solutions, based in California’s silicon valley. I believe the name comes from one of the key attributes of the pump – how easy it is to set up and maintain. Unlike other pumps, Snap is modular. The “brain” of the pump (called the controller) is the only part that is not disposable. The controller has a full-color display and buttons that correspond with the on-screen icons. The controller also stores historical information for on-screen review and downloading. Asante Snap Controller Since a brain isn’t of much use without a body, Snap utilizes disposable “pump bodies” (really… that’s what they’re called!). Each pump body holds a 300-unit prefilled [...]
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