Omnipod Review – By Emma
There is one feature of the Omnipod is that I can’t imagine living without it. It has saved me from many hypos, allowed me to enjoy exercise (hypo free) and recover from hyperglycaemia gradually without any sudden plummets. The temporary basal feature allows me to increase and decrease my basal rate for up to 3hours. You can also suspend the temporary basal and return to the normal basal rate at any time and even suspend all insulin delivery when necessary. In particular I have found the temporary basal feature to be incredibly helpful at managing my blood sugars when exercising, unwell or treating hyperglycemia.
One of the reasons I chose the Omnipod over the other insulin pumps available was because it is tubeless which makes it more practical and suitable for exercise and swimming. As most diabetics know exercise is fundamental to good blood sugar level control, although it is not as simple as just exercising. Certain forms of exercise cause blood sugars to increase and others result in hypos. Annoyingly hypos can interfere with exercise, occurring in the middle of a workout and forcing you to have to leave the gym to treat the hypo. Most clinicians suggest that you should have a snack before, during or after working out. However, the temporary basal feature of the Omnipod allows you to be more flexible with workouts and suspend all insulin delivery before blood sugars drop too low. I have found that using a minus temporary basal of 20% during and one hour after my work out is perfect for keeping my blood sugars stable and preventing hypos.
2. Physical illness
All diabetics know that getting a virus or physical illness is one of the most irritating and frustrating experiences. Not only do we feel run down and unwell, we also have to deal with high blood sugars that don’t seem to want to shift. Being able to add a temporary basal of up to 100% allows you to increase your insulin for the duration of the time you are ill.
There is nothing worse than having what feels like a never ending hypo. When I was on injection pens, it would often take an entire packet of dextrose to finally get my blood sugars to start to increase. Once the insulin has been injected there is no way of correcting it HOWEVER… with the Omnipod you are able to suspend all insulin delivery, so once you start to feel a bit on the low side you can prevent any further decline. The only thing it doesn’t have which I wish it did was an alarm that tells you when your blood sugars are beginning to decrease.