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Episode 69: Insulin Pump Manufacturers

December 8, 2020

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In this episode we cover the three big insulin pump manufacturers: overview, pros, cons, features, benefits, and what's coming next for each.

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There are three major pump manufacturers: Medtronic, Tandem, and Insulet (makes Omnipod). Jessie wears the Medtronic 670G and I wear the Tandem t:Slim X2 with Control IQ.

Because we don't have first-hand experience with the Omnipod, I reached out to my Facebook community and crowdsourced the details for the Omni. 

Podder JeVonda Flint was kind enough to share a collage picture of her different pod placements, seen below.

JeVonda Flint shows different placements for her Omnipod, one of the three major pump manufacturers.

JeVonda Flint shows different placements for her Omnipod.

Wins & Fails

Jessie's Win: Jessie is finally back in her weight training class at school. It's a little different with remote learning, but it's a welcome return nonetheless.

Colleen's Fail: My last sensor kept cutting out early, so I changed it with a day to go because of the uncertainty and how off the readings were. Tech is not perfect despite what we'd like.

Hack of the Week

Always keep some alcohol swabs or a bottle of sanitizer with you. They come in handy for finger sticks, site, and sensor changes.

In this episode we cover the three big insulin pump manufacturers: overview, pros, cons, features, benefits, and what's coming next for each.

Diabetes Spotlight

The spotlight this week is on companies that help you decorate your pumps, CGMs, and other diabetes accessories.

Pump Peelz has all sorts of fun stickers to personalize your devices. I’ve used their t:Slim stickers before and their G6 transmitter stickers to spice things up.

I also use GrifGrips overlay patches to keep my sensors on longer.

Question for You!

What pump do you have? Which is your favorite, if you’ve used multiple?

Links & Resources

Credits

Our music is by Joseph McDade. Check out his website here!

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Colleen


Life & mindset coach, writer, host of podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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