PIVIT Insulin Therapy for Hard to Control Diabetics
PIVIT stands for Pulsatile Intravenous Insulin Therapy which is used for very hard to control diabetics.
These intensive insulin treatments are done in six hour sessions once a week. A special pump is used that delivers insulin in pulses which are programmed into the system of the pump. This is just like the pancreas doing what it is supposed to do only with injections of insulin. This is supposed to help diabetes control and hopefully lower the risk of complications from diabetes later on.
As stated in previous articles before, the pancreas automatically puts out insulin in those people who are not diabetic. The vein which is the portal vein is responsible for getting insulin to your liver. The liver in people who are non-diabetic should always have plenty of insulin in high volumes. Some enzymes in your liver have to have high volumes of insulin to properly metabolize your blood sugars, keeping them normalized. There are times in critically ill diabetics that the pumps and/or insulin injections don't keep blood sugars in the healthier range. This is where PIVIT comes in for some.
PIVIT can be referred to as chronic intravenous therapy, metabolic activation therapy, or CIIT which is chronic intravenous therapy. Only people that have a critical condition of diabetes use this type of very intense insulin therapy.
As this therapy is carried out over periods of weeks, blood sugar control greatly improves. The special pump will send pulses off and on through an IV catheter that is placed into your peripheral vein in the hand or arm. A computer program will figure out how much insulin to put out which is based on your blood sugar levels during the treating process. The glucose load as far as the timing that you are consuming is a factor in the equation as well.
This therapy has saved many hard to control labile diabetics lives. This therapy will need to be continued on over a long period of time to give benefits, or it won't work for the best. From what I have read, it has saved this group of diabetic people from renal failure as well, since the first thing diabetes seems to pick on is the kidneys, especially in hard-to-control diabetic people.