10 Year Old Cheerleader/Tumbler Needs to Choose a Pump

My daughter just got the green light on beginning the process of getting a pump. Which one do we get? The omnipod looks like a wise choice because she won’t have to worry about getting the tubing caught when she is doing cheer stunts and flips, but does it work as good as the other pumps that are available? The only concern she has is can it be pink

Hi! I have been a type one for 5 years this year and I have been doing cheerleading for as long as I can remember. When I got diagnosed and finally got approved for the pump I had the same question. However I requested a trial run for the Omnipod because I thought the same thing, no tubing no problem. So I wore it to practice to see how it would work and it ended up being ripped off. I ended up going with the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm, and let me tell you I LOVE IT! Even though the Minimed has tubing I found it was easier to just take off my pump and do cheerleading and then you can ask your doctor what the best method for you to use is. What I do is check in the middle of practice and treat my blood sugar, if it’s high dose and many times treat my lows. It all depends on the person. However I have NEVER experienced any problems when dealing with my pump and cheering. I hope this helped ! Good luck on your new journey! Pumps are awesome !

P.s. & a bonus , it comes in pink! I actually have the pink one myself. :slight_smile:

When I was in high school I cheered with a pump. I wore a Minimed then as well, and still do. I used to leave my pump on for practice and games, but removed it to perform in competitions. For the 3 years that I wore a pump and cheered, I never had a problem with tubing snags or sites coming out. However, I was not a flyer or a tumbler (not sure what your daughter does on her squad). I had a blue pump to match my uniform, but they also come in pink. Good luck!

The advantage with a Minimed or other pump with tubing is that you can detach it while cheering or tumbling, then take breaks occasionally to test and reconnect for some insulin if needed.

I always thought the pumps with tubing would be ideal for cheerleading, but met a cheerleader who liked the Omnipod. I’ve not been a fan of the pod because there’s no way to detach it and it’s bulky. But she swore by it and wore it through middle and high school as a cheerleader. You can request a sample pod from www.Omnipod.com (it doesn’t insert a canula or deliver insulin, just gives you a feel for wearing the device). Get one and see what your daughter thinks of wearing it for a few days. If she loves it then you’ll be happy. If it’s not right then you’ll have peace of mind with a pink Minimed.

By the way I’ve used Minimed for 12 years and it’s been a good pump. I don’t use a CGM but have a glucose meter that sends my results to my pump. I’ve had technical problems a couple times and needed a replacement and the Minimed customer service was great. If your daughter travels out of the country they will send a back up pump to take with her. A pump helped me take back my diabetes control after 25 years of doing shots and I had a completely healthy pregnancy, in large part because of the pump.

I have one friend who actually prefers going on the high thrill rides as they do tend to help lower his sugar... Not sure why that happens though. With the pump and rollercoasters we do need to be carefull. The other issue other than the magnets possibly interferring with the workings of the pump is that sometimes the force exerted on the rides may cause insulin to go into your body. From what I have read it is not normally a large amount, but still it could affect things. Last August I was in FLorida at Disney and I did all things disney with my pump on. I had no real issues, but there is still a need to be aware that cometimes things outside of you could affect the pump.

It can be hard but if you're dedicated I'm sure you can make a successful group!


I would start by contacting your local JDRF chapter to find out if there are any already started, if there are..maybe see if you can team up with those people and help out. Or if not, ask them about suggestions on how to start one and if you could send them the information when you do..so they can forward it to everyone on their newsletter e-mail list.

I would also check out meetup.com to see if there's a group in your area and maybe start one on there as well. Facebook is always a good option too. A co-worker of mine was finishing up schooling to be a nurse and had to set-up a group discussion thing. She asked me for help because her team decided to do one for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes on the island. They ended up teaming with the local diabetic clinic at the hospital and arranged a meet-up at a local coffee shop. The event was e-mailed out to the clinic's diabetic clients and they also started a facebook group so people could invite others in the city and up-island to the meet-up. Sadly I was out of town the weekend they had it, but it was apparently a good turn out.

I know of someone who started one at their school and it worked out very well.

An i'm sure since your someone who isn't old and still young kids would love to come  talk to you. I would but you live no where near me. In alot of kids just need someone to tlak to like that.