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Kids on Pumps Show Lower A1Cs

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In the largest and longest study of insulin pump therapy in children with type 1 diabetes, researchers learned that using an insulin pump yielded better diabetes control than injections. Researchers studied 345 children who used insulin pumps as well as 345 on injection therapy for seven years. The average A1C was 0.6 percentage point lower among pump users than those on insulin injections. Over the course of the study, the rate of hypoglycemia dropped in children using insulin pumps but increased with injection therapy. And the rate of hospitalizations for diabetic ketoacidosis was lower in the pump group.
Source: Diabetologia, published online Aug. 18, 2013



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