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What are some pros and cons of the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump?

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Some pros of the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump include an easy-to-use interface for entering carbohydrate counts and adjusting the basal metabolic rate, automatic settings for extended-release options for insulin, a built-in light, and color choice options. A few cons include its boxy shape, a lack of a rechargeable battery and no wireless connection for using the device with other technology, according to Healthline. An optional continuous glucose monitoring system is available for the pump.

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The Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump is a small portable unit that delivers a continuous, variable dose of insulin to the body through an insertion port, states Healthline. It replaces insulin injections for many patients. A health care professional or the patient initially programs the pump to respond to the patient's anticipated basal needs. This rate is easy to adjust temporarily to allow for periods of exercise or inactivity.

A special bolus wizard makes it easy to add larger spurts of insulin when anticipating eating carbohydrates, maintains Healthline. A standard bolus delivers the full dose of insulin all at once for smaller snacks and fast-acting carbs. A square-wave bolus delivers the full dose of insulin evenly over a set period of time. This mode is good for parties and other times when the patient expects to eat a large amount of carbs over an extended period of time. The third option, dual-wave bolus, delivers a portion of the insulin all at once and the rest over an extended period of time.

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