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Re: [IP] anti-pumper doc



Karen,

Pumps are generally advocated for pregnant women (pretty widely --
especially by "Sweet Success", the generic diabetic pregnancy program
across the country.  The exchange diet is simple and easy and old.
However, it is extremely inexact -- try measuring the amount of carbs in a
1/2 cup of 6 different varieties of rice and you will see just what I
mean.  Exchanges never worked for me.  They probably work for some people.
Carb counting is becoming more popular and well known and it is certainly
more flexible.  Sometimes High Risk Obs have been educated with the
assumptions about diabetics still common in Type II treatment -- namely,
simpler is better since people can't handle it.  I am just starting 8
months pregnant.  I was both carb counting and on a pump before I got
pregnant but when we did all our research they told us (several different
places) that if I hadn't been on a pump, they would have put me one.

Hope that helps.

Ruth

Karen Arena wrote:

> Have any of you ever experienced a doctor who discouraged use of the
> pump?  I am 6 weeks pregnant, and just saw my risk specialist OB today.
> He said he had better luck controlling his patients with mixed insulin
> dosages.  He also advocates the exchange diet over carb-counting.  I am
> not switching off the pump yet -- we're going to see how I do with a
> more strictly-controlled diet -- but I can't say I agree with his
> anti-pump philosophy.  He seems to think the pump is a reactionary
> approach to blood sugars, and not proactive.  This is the opposite of
> what I have always heard.  Do any of you have any thoughts on this?
>
> Karen
>
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