Insulin pump therapy in children and adolescents: risks and benefits

During the last decade, insulin pump therapy has gained widespread acceptance in the treatment of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. In some of the European and North American paediatric diabetes centres, more than half of the young people with diabetes try to simulate a normal pattern of insulin secretion by means of an insulin pump (continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion). Karin Lange and Thomas Danne look at the use of insulin pumps among young people of a range of ages, and outline its advantages, potential risks and shortcomings, as well as educational requirements for children – and their parents – initiating this type of intensive therapy.
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insulin pump, children, adolescents, teenagers,
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