Pre-school youngsters with type I diabetes can be treated as successfully with insulin pumps as with daily injections, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine report.
A clinical trial at the Riley Hospital for Children studied 20 patients 5 years old or younger receiving treatment with continuous insulin infusion by pump and 17 who were receiving injection therapy. Physicians compared control of blood sugar levels, parents satisfaction and safety in both groups.
"Pump therapy was safe and well tolerated," says endocrinologist Linda A. DiMeglio, M.D., who led the study. "This therapy in preschool-aged children was not associated with clinically significantly differences in glycemic control compared to intensive injection therapy."
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