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Diabetes and Spring Break Fashions

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Spring break and summer instill fear in a few diabetics for this reason: the pump. The insertion sites, as we all know, leave unsightly marks on the stomach, and the pump is square and bulky, making it hard to wear stylishly. I promise no answers, just some ideas on how to wear spring fashions without letting diabetes get in the way.

Bathing Suits

The bikini obsession of Spring Break is one of the hardest things to conquer as a diabetic. Even for guys, wearing just swim trunks shows off that insertion in ways you never want anyone else to see. I know many of you (girls and guys) are self conscious about having an insertion site on your stomach already, but when it comes time to show off that tan, it is even harder for a diabetic than it is for a non-diabetic.

I would suggest taking your insertion out for a day at the beach and simply testing your blood sugar once every hour and adjusting with shots to make sure you are still in control. If you are going to be spending every waking moment of your week-long spring break at the beach, I would suggest investing in a “pen.” An insulin pen stores more than a regular syringe and more than your pump. This way you can just do shots in your arms or legs during your vacation. Talk to your doctor to see if the pen is a good option for you.


Spring fashion demands a girl have a sundress in her spring/summer wardrobe. Dresses are perfect to throw over a bathing suit, but they can also be practical for dinner out, or a lunch date. But what do you do when you are normally wearing your pump on your belt loop? This is one area where the pump disappoints. Try one of these options to make up for it:
-Wear the pump on your leg. Try finding a Velcro strap or a garter type of band to wear around your leg. Dresses are usually versatile enough to cover the rectangular machine. If you attach the pump to your leg, it will not be seen with all of the folds in a dress.
-Wear the pump under your armpit. Weird, I know, but you can simply run the tubing up the dress and wear the pump snugly behind your arm.

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