NOTE: This is not a blog post against pumps. This is a blog post about considering all options before making the decision to put your child on a pump.
I was reading an article this morning about a new study that was done on measuring blood glucose control between pump and non pump users. I thought it was interesting because it’s very favorable towards pumps…well mostly. The study shows that wearing a pump and the continuous flow of infusion, may control harmful blood sugar fluctuations. Which I think makes sense if your child doesn’t like to test often. We know that consistent highs are the real long term culprit for the loss of a myriad of bodily functions. The article also states that pumps can control severe lows a bit better as well:
“While participants using the insulin pump had significantly lower HbA1c levels than those using multiple daily injections, no differences existed between the two for non-severe low blood glucose levels. However, there appeared to be a reduction in severe incidents of low blood glucose among those using the pump.”
The part of the article that I found most interesting was the findings among children who wear the pump. You read for yourself: