Insulin pumps more effective in controlling blood sugar

Using insulin pumps to treat Type 1 diabetes in children is more effective at controlling blood sugar and causes fewer infections than insulin injections, a new study has found.

The longest and largest study of its kind studied 345 patients between the age of two and 19. The mean HbA1c reduction (a standard method for measuring blood glucose control) in the pump cohort was 0.6%. This improved HbA1c remained significant until seven years of follow up.

Both groups started with the same HbA1c, and the maximum difference was 1% difference at six years: 7.6% in the pump group and 8.6% in the non-pump group.

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