Insulin Pump Therapy Improves Diabetic Control in Young People
Overall, the youngsters using pump therapy "found coping with diabetes to be less difficult" than a similar group of young people on multiple injections, says Boland.
"This is an important study for diabeteologists, their young patients, and the parents of those patients -- for anyone who has faced the challenge of how to help young people improve their blood glucose control," Levy, an endocrinologist who treats a large number of pump users, tells WebMD.
"Both parents and physicians had feared that adolescents couldn't handle insulin pumping -- that they would experience frequent episodes of severe hypoglycemia. This study should calm those fears," says Levy.
"The message of the study is that with appropriate diabetes education, self-management training, and educational support, young people can be motivated to use insulin pumps to maintain nearly normal [blood sugar] levels with much fewer episodes of hypoglycemia than what we used to expect during intensive diabetes management," says Levy.