Diabetic Pumps Carry Certain Risks for Teens

While diabetic pumps used to treat teenagers with Type I diabetes have allowed them to live more normal lives, the pumps can come with certain risks. Some of the risks are associated with misuse of the pump but other risks have been found when the pumps malfunction. Two possible suicide attempts have been documented in teens where the patient gave themselves too much insulin.
Insulin pumps are the size of a cell phone and worn on a belt or in a pocket. They dispense insulin through a tube with a tip that is inserted under the skin and taped. They cost about $6,000 and supplies run $250 a month. Most health insurers cover much of the cost.
The FDA has called for more study about safety concerns as well as closer parental involvement with teens who choose to use the diabetic pump.