20 November 2020

What is insulin pump therapy?

For people with diabetes, insulin can be injected via a pen or an insulin pump. An insulin pump is a device (in our case small, just 50 x 35 x 12.5mm, and 9g!) that delivers continuous fast-acting insulin over 24 hours a day, and lasts for up to three days at a time. Taking away the need for multiple daily injections, and freeing up time and headspace! The dose can be adjusted in hourly blocks (we call this your Basal Rate), giving you a more customizable and personal way to manage your diabetes. With an increased ability to fine-tune your dosing to meet your needs!

Your pump contains a reservoir of insulin, and is connected to your body via long or short tube and an infusion set. You can wear your pump for up to three days at a time. When you need to bolus, your pump’s calculator will calculate the insulin units – calculating your bolus insulin using the personal data you entered at set-up. No more complicated sums while you’re on the go!

How do I switch?

If you’re currently using pen injections for your diabetes management, you could be eligible to switch to a pump. Your first stop should be to speak to your Healthcare Provider (HCP) to discuss your options, and whether pump therapy is the right move for you. If you and your HCP are both happy that you’re ready to get pumpin’, talk to them about Kaleido!

From there, things can move quickly. You’ll talk to them about how to get set-up, and decide on your starting doses. They’ll be able to organise everything you need in terms of training, and for technical support, daily inspiration (and, of course, regular pep talks if you need them!), we’re always here.

How does pumping benefit me?

It’s personal

Diabetes is different for everyone. At Kaleido, we know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for your day-to-day management. With Kaleido, you can fine-tune your hourly basal rate to up to two decimal places to get exactly the right dose for you. You can set temporary rates depending on what you’re up to, and change your bolus type depending on what you’re hungry for.

What’s more, Kaleido is colourful! Pick two pumps to compliment your personality, your mood or your outfit, because diabetes is never boring, right? Your pump shouldn’t be either!


Our revolutionary Pulse Technology makes sure your insulin delivery is steady, eliminating any hiccups that can throw a spanner in the works of your daily life, health and happiness! Kaleido is waterproof in up to 1.5m for up to an hour, so you can shower with it on, and even take a dip in the pool! Your Kaleido pumps are also rechargeable, and create less waste! 

Improved diabetes control with Hybrid Closed Loop1,2

A huge number of studies have been conducted over the years which demonstrate improved glycaemic control1 compared with traditional insulin therapies, with fewer lows and highs to navigate2.

Less thinking, more freedom!

One insulin pump lasts up to three days, completely replacing the need for daily injections. Infusion sets are easy to apply, and the handset easy to use, freeing up more space in your brain for the fun stuff, with no compromise on your BGs. Diabetes need never get in the way of a good time again!


Wearing a pump can offer a more comfortable and convenient option for people with diabetes. Your insulin can be delivered with just a few clicks, without a needle in sight. Your pump can also be worn however you like it best! Discreetly under the clothing, or on full display (We are gorgeous, after all!), tucked into a pocket, or worn as a patch directly on the body.

What is Kaleido stand-alone vs Kaleido with Diabeloop’s DBLG1 Hybrid Closed Loop?

Kaleido stand-alone is a pump system to be proud of! When you choose Kaleido you’ll receive a Starter Kit. It contains two reusable pumps, a handset and all the technical training and support you need to get the most out of your life with a pump. You can use this alongside the BG monitoring method of your choice.

Our hybrid closed-loop system, Diabeloop’s DBLG1, uses Kaleido in tandem with the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor. You’ll get everything you get with a stand-alone Kaleido system, but you’ll also have a handheld device that receives data from the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor in real time. The algorithm will use this data to make decisions on how to act, and send instructions to the Kaleido pump to adjust your dosage.

Click here to read more about how the algorithm works.