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A major study has found that insulin pumps are a more effective diabetes treatment for children than injections, and cause fewer complications.
In what's being hailed as the longest and largest study of its kind, Australian researchers found insulin pumps used to treat Type 1 diabetes in children are better at controlling blood sugar injections and cause fewer adverse effects.
The study looked at 345 diabetic kids for seven years and found pump therapy reduced episodes of dangerously low blood glucose from 14.7 to 7.2 events per 100 patients per year. The rate of diabetic ketoacidosis, a dangerous insulin shortage, was also significantly lower among pump users, at 2.3 per 100, compared to 4.7.
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