Insulin Pump Therapy
Why Good Control Is Important
The Pump and Good Blood Sugar Control
Everything is about control when you have diabetes. Controlling your insulin. Controlling your food. Controlling your blood sugars to feel good and be healthy. Although it can be frustrating, there is a good reason to be so careful — it could make the difference between getting complications early or later in life. Many studies have shown that the pump is the best way to control your blood sugar. Tight control is important because the benefits are so far-reaching.
In fact, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (a 10-year research study) reported that you can postpone the onset of eye, kidney and nerve disease by up to 15 years if you maintain near-normal blood sugar levels (referred to as “intensive treatment”).
Other study results include:
|Control Averages By Treatment Average HbA1||Average Blood Glucose||Average HbA1|
|DCCT Intensive Treatment Group||155 mg/dl||7.1%|
|DCCT Standard Treatment Group||231 mg/dl||8.9%|
|Near Normal Blood Glucose Control Reduced Risk for:|
|Retinal Eye Disease by||76%|
|Nerve Disease by||60%|
If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Diabetes and Control Complications Trial (DCCT) website.