Breaking ground with new research

August 22nd, 2013

For some children, there is more to worry about than baby flu rearing its head each year. Type one diabetes can also strike and while it can appear at any age it primarily begins in childhood. Two Australian children develop the condition each day.

Thankfully, there are treatments available that can help those with this condition manage their lives effectively. Now, a new Western Australian study has pointed out the health benefits of insulin pumps for those with type one diabetes and is campaigning for better access to these.

In a study monitoring 345 children, insulin pump therapy lowered long term average blood glucose levels, half the event rate of hypoglycaemia and meant less hospitalisation for diabetic ketoacidosis.

"It is critical that people with type 1 diabetes are able to manage this condition and reduce the risk of developing complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, blindness and amputations," said Professor Greg Johnson, Diabetes Australia chief executive.

"In Australia around 10 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes use insulin pumps while in the USA access to insulin pumps is far higher. Australia has a long way to go to make this preferred therapy available to all."

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