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At what age do you think it is appropriate to begin using an insulin pump?

 
 

If you or your child use an insulin pump, answer here

 
     

Any age

 
 

30%

 

  229

 
     

When old enough to push the buttons

 
 

1%

 

  11

 
     

When old enough to understand the concepts

 
 

29%

 

  223

 
 

If neither you nor your child use an insulin pump, answer here

 
     

Any age

 
 

8%

 

  65

 
     

When old enough to push the buttons

 
 

1%

 

  9

 
     

When old enough to understand the concepts

 
 

28%

 

  211

 
 

At what age do you think it is appropriate to begin using an insulin pump?

Poll dates: November 10 - 17, 2002
Total Votes: 748

The issue of pump use in young kids, especially young kids, is debated among patients and health care professionals. Recent data suggests that even very young children can benefit from insulin pump therapy. (See Insulin pump therapy in toddlers and preschool children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (J Pediatr 2002 Oct;141(4):490-5).)

Our poll shows that people who use pumps -- or parents of kids who do -- are more inclined to say that pumps can be used at any age than people who don't use pumps. Half of people who use pumps think that pumps can be used by any child, regardless of age. Just under one-fourth of non-pump users feel that way.

Since we first ran this poll in November 1998, the percentage of people reporting pump use has more than doubled, from 27% of respondents to 62%.

  2002     2001     1998    
Pump Users
  % Respondents62%47%27%
  Any Age30%27%10%
  Push Buttons1%1%1%
  Understand Concepts  29%16%16%
Non-Pump Users
  % Respondents38%53%73%
  Any Age8%12%5%
  Push Buttons1%1%2%
  Understand Concepts  28%38%65%

For more information, see our Insulin Pumps section.

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