Disadvantages of Using an Insulin Pump

Although there are many good reasons as to why using an insulin pump can be an advantage, there are some disadvantages.

The disadvantages of using a pump are that it:

  • Can cause weight gain
  • Can cause diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) if your catheter comes out and you don’t get insulin for hours
  • Can be expensive
  • Can be bothersome since you are attached to the pump most of the time
  • Can require a hospital stay or maybe a full day in the outpatient center to be trained

There are pluses and minuses to using a pump. Even though using an insulin pump has disadvantages, most pump users agree the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Additional Resources

How do Insulin Pumps Work?
Advantages of Using an Insulin Pump
Getting Started with an Insulin Pump

  • Last Reviewed: August 1, 2013
  • Last Edited: November 1, 2013