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Insulin Pump Therapy Provides Better Glycemic Control Among Type 1 Diabetics, According to Kantar Health Research
Date:5/22/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who are treated with insulin pump therapy have better glycemic control as measured by significantly lower HbA1C levels than patients with T1D who treat their condition with insulin injections, according to new findings from the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS), conducted by Kantar Health. The research was presented at the 18th Annual International Meeting for ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) in New Orleans.

“Patients with type 1 diabetes who have better access to healthcare are more likely to use insulin pump therapy, but even after adjusting for these differences in multivariable modeling we found that insulin pump therapy is a significant predictor of patients’ clinical outcomes,” said Shaloo Gupta, MS, senior research analyst with Kantar Health. “In particular, patients with type 1 diabetes using insulin pump therapy are more likely to control their diabetes than those who are taking insulin injections.”

Patients with T1D who use insulin pump therapy reported significantly lower levels of HbA1C than patients who take multiple daily insulin injections. Nearly 40 percent of those using insulin pump therapy reported HbA1C levels of less than 7 percent, which is considered to be controlled, versus 24 percent of patients using insulin injections.

“Having consistently high HbA1C levels can increase the risk of developing microvascular and macrovascular complications, such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness and neuropathy, among those with diabetes,” Gupta said. “Our research suggests that insulin pump therapy is associated with lower blood sugar levels and therefore
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