A report released today (August 15) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found that more people are using insulin pumps to manage Type 1 diabetes – with many starting sooner after diagnosis.
The report entitled Insulin pump use in Australia found that at 30 June 2011, there were 10,510 Australian insulin pump users, representing 10 per cent of Type 1 diabetes patients.
AIHW spokesperson Susana Senes said that from between 2004 and 2010, the number of new insulin pump users with Type 1 diabetes increased "from an average of 107 to 140 per month".
"The most common motivation for choosing a pump was better control of diabetes (88 per cent), and 86 per cent of users said the main benefit of pump use was the ease with which it fitted in with their lifestyle."
The cost of the pump can be a barrier for some who want to use it. If you have diabetes you may find that getting covered by health insurance can help in getting the treatment, care and resources you need.
The insulin pump is said to cost between $4,000 and $9,000, where around 80 per cent of Type 1 diabetes pump users received a private health insurance rebate for buying the equipment.