LIFESTYLE & EXERCISE
Eshant, Rohan and Nikhar share their insights on living healthy and active lives.
"Prior to using the Insulin Pump, I was on Multiple Daily Injections. Being a professional athlete, my training regime changed everyday and it was difficult to determine accurate dosages of insulin. I often experienced Hypoglycaemia on days of rigorous training or after a physically intensive match. But my life changed completely after switching over to the insulin pump. My life is more balanced and it's very easy to decide the exact dosage of basal and bolus for the day. My HbA1c levels have improved. In case my routine suddenly changes, I can make immediate adjustments to insulin dosage on the pump. It's as good as an artificial pancreas for me. Altogether, I am content and satisfied with the insulin pump therapy"
- Nikhar Garg, International badminton Player
Eshant, a competitive swimmer, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after experiencing fatigue. Since being on insulin pump therapy, Eshant’s health has improved and he is able to train more than ever.
“The insulin pump is the first choice. No injection or therapy is as good as a pump. It has helped me follow my swimming dream.”
Rohan,a professional dancer, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. In 2007, Rohan turned to insulin pump therapy and has had more control over his dosages and flexibility in life ever since.
"The pump helped me boost up my confidence as a person and as a professional dancer. It’ll be your best friend. It’s like a friend who helps you live. It’s got me very free. Sometimes I forget that I’m a diabetic."
See how an insulin pump helped Priya and Ayush manage their diagnoses.
Using insulin pen treatment, both Priya and her daughter experienced poor glucose control with HbA1c levels above 13. Priya’s doctor recommended her daughter use an insulin pump instead of injections. After seeing the improvement in her daughter’s health and happiness, she decided to also go on insulin pump therapy.
“I wish I had given my daughter the pump earlier and maybe even I would have been able to handle my diabetes easier if I had got the pump earlier. It has had a huge impact on our lives.”
Initially, Ayush was prescribed 4 insulin injections per day, but had difficulty following the dosage and his meal schedule. This lead to Ayush experiencing unusual weight loss, excessive thirst and fatigue.
“[I] found it really uncomfortable to take Insulin injections while I was in school or college. My doctor suggested insulin pump therapy after two episodes of hypoglycaemia. It has been almost four years now that I have been on the insulin pump, and everything is pretty normal with absolutely no episodes of hypoglycemia.”
Mridula reveals how insulin pump therapy assists with managing hypos.
Mridula experienced hypoglycaemia, frequent fluctuations in her blood glucose levels and was hospitalised at least once a year. She finds the insulin pump fits well into her active and hectic lifestyle.
"Now, going to parties with my family and friends, working out in a gym, enjoying weddings and functions is no more a dream. My life has become worriless with the insulin pump.”
PREGNANCY AND CONTROL
Keeping fluctuations at bay and conceiving twins. Aarti shares her story.
When she wanted to start a family, Aarti decided to change from insulin injections to insulin pump therapy. Aarti and her husband conceived twins and experienced no complications during the pregnancy, with the pump keeping glucose fluctuations at bay.
"I'd recommend the insulin pump to all diabetics, especially parents hoping to conceive because the biggest gift you can give your baby is good health. The pump has been the best decision of my life."
- Dr Aarti Mangtani
CARING FOR A CHILD
Fewer injections and easier management help family to care for children with diabetes.
Ankita was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009 when she was 9 years old. After being on medication and insulin injections with frequent highs and lows, Ankita switched to insulin pump therapy.
“The burden of injections is gone. We are stress-free and do not need to worry about her. As parents it is our job to make sure she is healthy and safe. Thankfully, the insulin pump makes it a lot easier for us. It has made her a happier person. ”
- Mrs. KalpanaMadhkari
Aiyaz was initially treated with insulin injections, which he found to be painful. Aiyaz and his family struggled to maintain his blood glucose levels. Since being on an insulin pump, Aiyaz’s blood glucose levels have improved
“It is a boon for people with diabetes. If not for the pump, my son would not be able to maintain perfect blood sugar levels.”
- Imtiaz Khan