Basal & Bolus Therapy

We all need a constant supply of insulin to maintain normal glucose levels, as well as additional insulin for the food we eat throughout the day. With diabetes, the pancreas has limited or no ability to produce insulin and is unable to keep blood glucose ranges within normal range. Because of this, insulin must be taken from an outside source like injections or insulin pumps. Regardless of the method, there are two ways of addressing insulin needs:

  1. basal insulin
  2. bolus doses

Basal insulin is a constant supply of insulin that is meant to cover the body's baseline need for insulin, even during times of fasting.

Along with basal insulin, bolus doses are needed to keep your blood glucose within target, particularly after eating meals. A bolus dose is an additional dose of insulin delivered for meals (also known as a meal bolus) and/or delivered to bring down high blood glucose values (also known as a correction bolus).

Watch the video to learn more about basal and bolus insulin.

Training is essential and must be completed before using the Omnipod® 5 System. As part of this process, you will need to meet with your healthcare provider and visit to complete setup and schedule your required training.

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The Omnipod 5 Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) System is cleared for individuals with type 1 diabetes ages 2 years and older. The Omnipod 5 System is intended for single patient, home use and requires a prescription.

The Omnipod 5 System is compatible with the following U-100 insulins: NovoLog®, Humalog®, and Admelog®.

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