The Implantable Insulin Pump
The implantable insulin pump is a treatment option for certain patients with type 1 diabetes when an external insulin pump has failed to stabilize their diabetes despite all appropriate medical and educational efforts. The implanted pump provides an added efficacy for glycemic variability, hypoglycemia, and HbA1c as compared to the external pump’s subcutaneous insulin delivery. This is due to the intraperitoneal insulin administration which is now shown to have long-term and sustainable metabolic benefits. Insulin treatment using an implanted pump is a result of over 30 years of progress in technology and insulin preparation. While its history is made of both successes and problems, recent developments suggest a more optimistic future for disseminating this therapeutic modality.
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