The use of diabetes technologies, such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), for children with type 1 diabetes has increased worldwide over the past ten years. The reason for this is simple: using these technologies leads to better outcomes for children with diabetes. For example, it can lead to better control of diabetes, fewer hospital visits, and less frequent severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels causing confusion, collapse, coma or death). In the United States, new research shows that, for children with type 1 diabetes, low family income, low levels of education, and challenges in accessing good health insurance are all linked to worse diabetes control. These disparities have increased over recent years. Researchers also found that if people with lower social and economic status had better access to technologies for diabetes, these disparities would be less of a problem. The results of this study raise the concern that children and young people with type 1 diabetes with challenges related to poverty, health insurance and educational opportunities will be at a systematic disadvantage.
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