FDA Says Teens Should Use Care When Using Insulin Pumps - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/08

FDA Says Teens Should Use Care When Using Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps have been a lifesaver for patients with diabetes. Now, a Food and Drug Administration review suggests a link between insulin pumps and injuries, even some deaths, among teens using them. 

After 10 years of study and reviewing about 1500 injuries and 13 deaths linked to the insulin, the FDA emphasizes that the pump is not the problem. Instead, the problem appeared to be teens who did not fully understand how to use the pump and simply took too much insulin.

The study in Pediatrics does not say teens should stop using insulin pumps but that parents need to be more vigilant about watching over how they use it.

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