An insulin pump is a small device about the size of a cell phone that is worn externally. It is computerized and can be programmed to deliver a continuous amount of insulin or a larger amount of insulin when needed (at mealtime, for example). In this way, the pump more closely follows the body’s normal release of insulin.

Many people choose the pump over insulin injections because the steady dose of insulin helps them manage their diabetes better.

Ohio State is a leader in insulin pump therapy and has helped more than a 1,000 people begin insulin pump use during the past 25 years. The Ohio State-associated Continuous Glucose Sensor Program started in 2009. There are three follow-up classes for those in the Insulin Pump Program: Insulin Pump Mechanics, Insulin Pump Patterns and Insulin Pump Sets. These classes offer patients a deeper understanding of diabetes management technology.

Participation in the Insulin Pump Program requires a referral by a physician within the Ohio State Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

Free information sessions are offered by insulin pump vendors from 1-4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at OSU Outpatient Care East.

If you are interested in an insulin pump, you should check with your insurance provider. Many insurance providers cover a portion of the costs associated with this therapy.

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