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Kendsie Hunter: The Pump and Diabetes

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As diabetics know, there are many ways to control your blood sugar readings. One of the most common way is to use the insulin pump. The pump comes in all shapes, colors and sizes and is perfect for newly diagnosed patients, as well as those who have had diabetes for years.

I decided to get the pump when I was in 6th grade. At that time, I was twelve years old and had been living with diabetes for six years. The pump, at the time, was the best device on the market, but now there are lots of technologies that can help people live a full life with diabetes.

The pump is a great alternative to shots for diabetics. Not only does it keep blood sugar readings in control, but it is customized to each person’s needs. Based on blood sugar readings, food intake and the amount of exercise that patients do, doctors create a personal regimen for patients. With the pump, I have become more cognizant about what I eat and how I act when my blood sugar levels change and it has helped me take control over my disease.

For more information about the pump, take a look at websites like www.jdrf.com, www.diabetes.org, www.minimed.com, www.animascorp.org, www.cozmore.com, and www.disetronic-usa.com/dstrnc_us/.

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