Diabetes Self-Management Blog

The Associated Press’s coverage of a new FDA study about insulin pump safety in adolescents has elicited strong reactions from several members of the diabetes blogosphere. We’ve been reading about this controversy from the following sources:

What do you think of the FDA’s findings and the media’s coverage of the issue? Let us know in the comments section.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Tara Dairman.

POST A COMMENT       
  

Comments
  1. I can say that at any day I could return to using the needle if I wanted to and could just take the pump off….Not gonna happen. Although there is lot’s of trial and error, and mistakes, it has made my life and control dramatically improved for the last 15 years of my 44 year diabetic journey.Diabetes—it’s all in your head!

    Posted by joy of diabetes |
  2. I think that there is a certain mentality and maturity that must exist for a child to fully grasp their actions when it comes to diabetes management. A lot of that is parent taught and demonstrated. As someone who was diagnosed at 13 months and is now 45 years old, I think I could have messed up on either the needle or the pump as a child.
    It would seem that tight carb, exercise, and
    insulin intake has to be adhered to. If you can stop your kid from over bolusing, then I think it could be acceptable. Momma, Daddy, and the Doctor have to be proactively involved in the decision and the implementation of a pump. Keep Learning…Keep Going….Peace, Bob Diabetes Insulin Pumps and kids

    Posted by joy of diabetes |
  3. The article I read was in the Dallas Morning News. May 5 2008. The article was aimed at the general public who have no idea what an insulin pump is or how it works. Based on the number of calls we received telling us about he article and well meaning friends and family stressing the importance for us to read it; the article seems to have created quite a panic among the general populous. Are there risks? Of course.

    The article did not list a single problem or issue that was not WELL covered by our doctor. There are two KEY paragraphs in the article we read.

    Para graph 1.
    ” According to the analysis, some teens didn’t know how to use the pumps correctly, dropped them or didn’t take good care of them. There were two possible suicide attempts by teens who gave themselves too much insulin, according to the analysis.”

    Frankly i am surprised that the suicide attempts were only two in number. I would have figured at least 10. That said two out of “…a possible 100,000″ people using the pump is an insignificant statistical anomaly no matter how tragic the situations were. Even the 1,500 injuries cited in the article comes out to a 1.5% problem.

    The true issue is found in second key paragraph.

    “And they’re a growing segment of diabetes care, with $1.3 billion in annual sales worldwide, said Kelly Close, a San Francisco-based editor of a patient newsletter. She said 100,000 teenagers may be using them.”

    $1.3 billion is not chump change. If the general public can get worked up into a protective frenzy the government will have to take action with stronger restrictions. Stronger restrictions will equate to more inspections and income for the government. In short there is a 1.3 billion dollar pie out there and the FDA wants a bigger slice.

    Posted by spadoinkel |

Post a Comment

Note: All comments are moderated and there may be a delay in the publication of your comment. Please be on-topic and appropriate. Do not disclose personal information. Be respectful of other posters. Only post information that is correct and true to your knowledge. When referencing information that is not based on personal experience, please provide links to your sources. All commenters are considered to be nonmedical professionals unless explicitly stated otherwise. Promotion of your own or someone else's business or competing site is not allowed: Sharing links to sites that are relevant to the topic at hand is permitted, but advertising is not. Once submitted, comments cannot be modified or deleted by their authors. Comments that don't follow the guidelines above may be deleted without warning. Such actions are at the sole discretion of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. Comments are moderated Monday through Friday by the editors of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. The moderators are employees of R.A. Rapaport Publishing, Inc., and do not report any conflicts of interest. A privacy policy setting forth our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of certain information relating to you and your use of this Web site can be found here. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.


What We're Reading
Study on Factors Influencing Type 2 Management (04/15/14)
"Get Diabetes Right" Initiative (04/07/14)
Study to Evaluate Needle-Free Glucagon Treatment (04/09/14)
Type 2 Prevention Study Seeks Volunteers (04/01/14)

Kids & Diabetes
Study to Evaluate Needle-Free Glucagon Treatment (04/09/14)
College Scholarships From the Diabetes Scholars Foundation (01/25/14)
Neuropathy Common in Young Adults (12/13/13)
Study on Parental Stress in Caring for Children With Type 1 (12/11/13)

Insulin & Other Injected Drugs
Do You Know Your Insulin Level? (10/25/13)
Start With Three Drugs? (07/10/13)
FDA Patient Network Makes Its Debut (06/05/13)
Prescribe Insulin? Nah! Too Much Trouble (05/14/13)

 

 

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: You understand that the blog posts and comments to such blog posts (whether posted by us, our agents or bloggers, or by users) do not constitute medical advice or recommendation of any kind, and you should not rely on any information contained in such posts or comments to replace consultations with your qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. The opinions and other information contained in the blog posts and comments do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Site Proprietor.


Carbohydrate Restriction: An Option for Diabetes Management
Some people find that decreasing the amount of carbohydrate they eat can help with blood glucose control. Here’s what to know about this approach.

Insulin Patch Pumps: A New Tool for Type 2
Patch pumps are simpler to operate than traditional insulin pumps and may be a good option for some people with Type 2 diabetes who need insulin.

How Much Do You Know About Vitamins?
Learn what these micronutrients can and can’t do for you.

Complete table of contents
Get a FREE ISSUE
Subscription questions