Sunday, 17 April 2011

Insulin Pump Awareness Group Scotland

Looking to gain access to an insulin pump in Scotland or information on insulin pumps?

Insulin Awareness Group Scotland

iPAG was formed in early 2009 by a group of people who are either pump users, prospective pump users, or parents of children with Type 1 diabetes. We work closely with INPUT and Diabetes UK Scotland Scotland has the third highest incidence of Type 1 diabetes in the world yet we have very low pump usage in comparison to other counties in the developed world. Our aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy and campaign for improved access to pumps no matter where you live. We are starting out in a similar situation that INPUT were in when John founded the group in 1998. Through a lot of hard work INPUT has seen pump usage increase in England over the years and we hope Scotland will follow suit. (estimated statistics Prof John Pickup 2009, Guy's Hospital, London) All of our members found an improvement in their diabetes control once they started pumping. This in turn improved their health and well-being. Improved diabetes control reduces the likelihood of future diabetic complications1 and we therefore feel anyone who is willing to test regularly and is motivated to use a pump should have one.

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