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Insulin pumps improve glucose control in children with type 1 diabetes, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5998 (Published 10 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5998
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Treatment with an insulin pump provides significantly better glycaemic control than injecting insulin in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, a study analysing data from three large international registries has found—yet these pumps are used infrequently in the United Kingdom because guidelines limit their use.

The study, published in Diabetologia,1 looked at the effect of treating type 1 diabetes with an insulin pump on glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in 54 410 children and adolescents aged under 18 over the period 2011-12. Researchers obtained the data from the German/Austrian …

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