PUMPS FOR TEENS?
ANCHOR LEAD: ARE TEENAGERS WITH DIABETES CAPABLE OF USING INSULIN PUMPS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Teenagers who use automated external insulin pumps to manage their diabetes experience a disproportionate number of hazardous and potentially fatal adverse events, a recent study reported. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says that has not been his experience.
SAUDEK: External pumps are widely used and are very well accepted on the whole. It is an intensive insulin approach and its not suitable for everyone. It’s usually used in type one diabetes and it has to be done in selected patients. For example a patient has to want to use this piece of technology. If the patient is doing it because their mother in law told them they should or their friend at work told them they should that’s not a good enough reason. They really themselves have to be interested and eager to use it. :31
Saudek says that properly selected and educated teenagers are just as capable of using an insulin pump as adults. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.