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Re: [IPk] Child diabetics denied life-saving therapy

I agree, Abi - it just doesn't seem right or fair that some kids get
pumps straight off, without having the chance to count carbs with mdi.

Not only would it save resources if _everyone_ had to spend six months
on mdi (trying 3 or 4 basal insulins), but also the experience would
give them a head start once they start pumping.

But better still, if every child in the country with poor control could
be changed over to mdi within a matter of months.

A young diabetic I know is given his dad's actrapid to bring down the
daily 20+ highs .... Parents are frantic, naturally.  

Best wishes,


In message <email @ redacted>, email @ redacted writes
>it's true - many people are denied this option which would give them the  
> best control (or the only control). however so many could have better control
>better injection regimens rather than mixtard. I appreciate that more 
> injections in a younger child is not nice but older school age children or 
> younger when the family is well motivated, could so so much better on a basal
>bolus analogue regimgn : in terms of health and quality of life- there will  
>always be a place for pumps as many people's insulin requirments may not be  
 >matched by any other means of insulin adminsistration- but i think the use of
>mixtards in children without encouraging other options, and stting back  
> accepting mediocre control or severe hypos, regimented existence etc is just 
>a casue for concern
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Pat Reynolds
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