Skip Navigation

Definition: Insulin Pump

Definition: Insulin Pump

Insulin Pump

(Bomba de insulina)

An insulin pump is an insulin-delivering device that's used by some people with diabetes. A small battery-operated device that can be worn on a belt or put in a pocket, it's connected to a narrow plastic tube that's inserted just under the skin and taped in place. People who use the pump program it to deliver insulin continuously throughout the day and to release extra doses of insulin to handle rises in blood sugar (after eating, for example).






Note: All information on TeensHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995- The Nemours Foundation. All rights reserved.