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[IP] Benefits Seen With Switch to Pump From Insulin Injections

29%5Bcontribs%5D%28diabetes%2C%29">Pediatric News Online</A>
Severe hypoglycemia quelled
Benefits Seen With Switch to Pump From Insulin Injections

> Bruce Jancin

DENVER b A switch to insulin pump therapy is highly beneficial in patients
with type 1 diabetes who experience severe hypoglycemia on multiple daily
insulin injections, Leigh Siegel reported at the annual meeting of the
Endocrine Society.

Within a few weeks of switching to continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion
via the pump, these patients experience a marked reduction in hypoglycemia.
Their blood glucose control, which was typically good on multiple daily
injection therapy, becomes even better on the insulin pump, according to Ms.
Siegel, a nurse practitioner at Columbia University, New York.

She reported on 20 patients with type 1 diabetes, including several children
as young as age 5, who were switched to insulin pump therapy because they
were experiencing two to four episodes of hypoglycemia per week on multiple
daily insulin injections despite having undergone intensive diabetes

Pump therapy utilizes only low doses of short-acting insulin, so its
pharmacokinetics are more predictable than those of the long-acting insulin
employed in multiple daily injection regimens, she said.
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