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Insulin pumps improve control and reduce complications in children with type 1 diabetes

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5154
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Children with type 1 diabetes who use an insulin pump rather than injections have better long term control of their disease and experience fewer episodes of severe hypoglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis, a study has found.

Previous studies have shown that insulin pumps improve HbA1c, although some found this was only temporary. Reductions in severe hypoglycaemia have also been demonstrated.

Few of these studies have lasted more than a few years, so to assess the impact of insulin pumps in children longer term, researchers from the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Australia, set up the population based study for a seven year period.

They recruited 345 children on insulin pump therapy who were matched to controls …

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