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FILMED AT THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DIABETES (EASD) ANNUAL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2016
WHY DO SOME PATIENTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES (T1DM) NEED TO USE PUMPS FOR INSULIN DELIVERY?
00:16 - I think there are several reasons that people with type 1 diabetes need or are put onto insulin pumps. For example, for some, it will be to improve diabetic control, and a good example of that would be during pregnancy. For others, it’s to combat hypoglycaemia, that’s low blood glucose levels, and pumps can be very effective in combating hypoglycaemia. For others, it’s just they get to engage with the technology, and I think it puts people in a position where they feel in much better control of their diabetes.
CAN THERE BE BARRIERS TO ADOPTING INSULIN PUMP THERAPY?
00:48 - There can be barriers. I mean, certainly, people need an understanding of their condition, and that certainly involves carbohydrate counting. And in some parts of the UK, for example, access to patient education and carbohydrate counting is not as good as we would wish. People need to have a certain degree of knowledge about their condition and be involved in their condition. And for some people, that’s a barrier that’s difficult to combat. Obviously, in the NHS and other healthcare systems, there can be issues around cost, and so that’s a battle that we continually fight on behalf of our patients.
HOW DO PATIENTS GENERALLY FEEL ABOUT ADOPTING INSULIN PUMP THERAPY FOR THE FIRST TIME?
01:27 – And some people are very keen to embrace a technology and find having the sort of continuous feedback on their condition very beneficial. For other patients, especially those who would prefer to forget about their condition, then pumps may not be ideal. So it’s very much an individualised thing. I guess there are suggestions that maybe 15% of people with type 1 diabetes would be suitable for pumps, and in the UK, we’re certainly well below that figure at the moment.