Living With a Diabetes Management Device

Using an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor requires a certain level of vigilance on your part. In return, living with a diabetes management device can offer an unmatched level of freedom and control, so you can worry less and live more. 

Daily Living – Insulin Pumps

Living with an insulin pump may take a little getting used to. You have to get used to having a device attached to you all the time. You also have to get used to administering insulin before meals. But once you get used to your insulin pump, you may wonder how you ever lived without it.

Exercise

Exercise is key to staying healthy with diabetes. That’s because exercise helps your body better use insulin. Insulin pump users can experience a metabolic response to exercise that is similar to that of people who do not have diabetes. Before you begin any exercise program, talk to your doctor.

Travelling With Your Insulin Pump

Make sure you plan ahead if you are travelling with your insulin pump. You’ll want extra batteries, insulin, related supplies, and an insulin pen or syringe in case of emergencies. If you’re travelling by plane, pack your supplies in your carry-on bag. In addition, carry prescriptions for all of your medicines and supplies.

Going Through Airport Security

If you’re going through security at an airport, tell the security officer that you have diabetes and are carrying diabetes supplies. Medtronic insulin pumps will not be damaged by airport metal detectors. If you need to, ask the officer for a pat-down and visual exam. Explain that you can’t remove your insulin pump because it is attached to your skin.

Medical and Dental Procedures

Regular visits to your doctor and dentist are important to stay healthy. Whenever you visit your doctor or your dentist, you’ll probably need to remind them that you’re a diabetic and are wearing an insulin pump.

Daily Living – Continuous Glucose Monitors

Living with your continuous glucose monitor makes it easy for you to take control of your glucose levels, reduce your highs and lows – overnight, after meals, any time you need to – and protect your health. You may find that living with your continuous glucose monitor gives you greater peace of mind, because you are managing your diabetes as effectively as possible all the time.

Exercise

Exercise is key to staying healthy with diabetes. That’s because exercise helps the body better use insulin. Medtronic Diabetes’ Guardian® Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System is small, discreet, and easy to wear. You’ll find it easy to incorporate into your exercise routine. Before you begin any exercise program, talk to your doctor.

Travelling With Your Continuous Glucose Monitor

Make sure you plan ahead if you’re travelling with your continuous glucose monitor. You’ll want extra batteries, sensors, and your normal insulin supplies. If you’re travelling by plane, pack your supplies in your carry-on bag. In addition, carry prescriptions for all of your medicines and supplies.

Going Through Airport Security

If you're going through security at an airport, tell the security officer that you have diabetes and are carrying diabetes supplies. Medtronic continuous glucose monitors will not be damaged by airport metal detectors; however, the wireless signal between the transmitter and monitor could be disrupted by x-ray machines. If you need to, ask the officer for a pat-down and visual exam. Explain that you can’t remove your glucose sensor because it is attached to your skin.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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