Why I Pump with the Omnipod: A Personal Choice

Posted by ids on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:15 in

- Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE

“For me it has been nice to see that the Omnipod really works well in all aspects of my life – work, exercise and family life!”

Living with diabetes means we make a million choices about things on a daily basis. What to eat, where to get information to count carbs accurately, how/when to bolus, when to exercise, when to check blood glucose and what to do with all this information. A choice we make every four years can help with each of these things we do daily. What is it? The choice about which insulin pump is best for your personal diabetes management strategy of course!!

Thank goodness there are so many choices on the market right now – we can each choose what works best for us in our daily life.

My choice in 2005 was the Omnipod and I’ve been very happy with my decision.

Why does it work so well for me? In 2005, my current pump warranty was up and I was looking at alternative pumps. I had started doing sprint triathlons and was tired of disconnecting and dealing with the tubing of conventional insulin pumps. A friend of mine suggested I try a new pump just coming to market, the Omnipod. I did my homework by looking at the pump, visiting with a representative from the company and considering how it would make a difference for me personally.

The difference in using the Omnipod has been quite valuable to me over the years for many reasons. In continuing to participate in longer distance exercise, especially triathlons, the use of the Omnipod has been optimal. I no longer worry about the tubing getting caught as I transition between swimming and biking, or biking and running. It’s nice to know that the Pod is waterproof and I don’t have an interruption in my insulin delivery when I go swimming – or even when I take a shower!

The Pods can be optimally worn in many locations on my body, and since rotation is important so my sites stay healthy, I find it easy to put a Pod in many spots that I didn’t use previously. The small Pods are so nice, because they have a much lower profile and seem even a bit more comfortable – especially for things like yoga! They are easy to fill and start up, and I find I waste less time starting up a new Pod than when I had a standard pump with tubing/reservoir, etc.

I’ve also found benefit since being a new Mommy. Twenty-two months ago my husband and I welcomed a little boy into our family! I can say it has been so nice to have a product that I don’t have to “clip” on me. My son was curious about my Pods when he became more mobile, but there definitely wasn’t tubing to hide or a pump to have to clip somewhere out of site. I know many mothers find a system that works – I have a lot of friends on other pumps and they are happy with their products. For me it has been nice to see that the Omnipod really works well in all aspects of my life – work, exercise and family life!

Thinking about an insulin pump or a new insulin pump? Try a free Demo of the OmniPod insulin pump

Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE
Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition, Integrated Diabetes Services LLC






Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Biology from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered (and Licensed) Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Trainer on most makes/models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems. She is an active member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and Team WILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes). She is also a contributing author for the Diabetes Sisters website. Jennifer has also lived with type 1 diabetes since she was a child.  She has first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day events that affect diabetes management. As a talented dietitian, diabetes educator, athlete and person with diabetes, Jennifer is in a unique position to assist Integrated Diabetes Services’ intensively managed clients.