A study about insulin pumps and children was released on Examiner video by NBC Universal / Health Video Network on or about Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The study (report) apparently may have been posted in Diabetologia on or about Aug. 18, 2013. The study was of course conducted on children having type 1 diabetes and requiring insulin therapy. Per the video and the published paper the study was conducted in Australia.
A detailed post is located in the University of Utah Health Care Health Library: "Insulin Pumps Better Than Injections for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes: Study". The Health Video Network and the Utah Health posts both say that 345 children with type 1 diabetes were studied. "Children aged 2 to 19" were studied. The 345 all used insulin pumps and were compared with children who used insulin injection therapy.
The children "who used the insulin pumps had better" blood sugar control overall. Dangerous blood glucose "crashes" were seen to decrease as well. The study itself was conducted over a period of years with benefits lasting for seven years. The University of Utah post reports that 345 is "a large number for the study" and the largest so far.
A decline was also observed in treatment for the dreaded condition of diabetic ketoacidosis. Insulin pump management does require some attention by the children. It wasn't a surprise to some experts that kids were dropping the pump use. Some kids do take "insulin pump holidays". It is understood how children (and some adults) may become slightly frustrated by insulin therapy.
If your child or loved one is using insulin pumps or injections would it be helpful to check on their condition management? A longer term study may be needed, however. The study indicates that medical monitoring and control of blood glucose may be improving. Can an insulin patch therapy system eventually replace the insulin pump therapy? That alternative was being studied according to PBA Atlanta.
Another important - but very challenging - development could be oral insulin therapy. For more expert information on pediatric diabetic care, insulin pump therapy and more try the U of M Comprehensive Diabetes Center. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and the HHS Methods for Delivering Insulin may also provide useful information on the benefits of insulin pumps for children and their care.