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Further information for parents
Further information for parents

Insulin Pump therapy

Insulin pumps have the potential to help stabilise blood glucose levels and increase the level of flexibility that you have in dosing insulin to meet your child’s needs. Pumps deliver insulin on command throughout the day and night in order to better match insulin requirements. The benefits of insulin pump therapy may be the following:

  • May improve blood glucose control
  • Background (basal) insulin can be programmed to match individual needs night and day
  • Increased flexibility around insulin dosing to suit your child’s lifestyle requirements
  • Instead of injecting with every meal, you can just command the pump to deliver your calculated insulin dose

Although insulin pumps may be a great alternative to pen injections and offer a more spontaneous lifestyle and improved control for many users, the decision to use an insulin pump should be considered carefully. As a starting point you should speak to your diabetes specialist nurse to check whether your child meets the funding criteria and/or may benefit from pump therapy.

If you require more information about the Accu-Chek range of pump solutions please contact us on Freephone 0800 731 2291 (Ireland 1800 88 2351) for a copy of the Accu-Chek brochure about insulin pump therapy for children.

For Kids

For Kids

If you are under 18 click here to go straight to the pages where you can find out more about diabetes

A Monster breakthrough – the Gila Monster and diabetes

Gila Monster

In 2005 the US Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for the management of type 2 diabetes, Byetta (exenatide), a synthetic version of a protein derived from the Gila monster's saliva.

Steve Dixon's Story

 Steve Dixon's Story

Sky TV presenter Steve Dixon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old, mid-way through his A-levels. Now 34, he has achieved a successful career as a news presenter, and is a big advocate on the importance of self-management to carefully monitor his diabetes.

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