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Insulin pump use, optimal glycemic control less likely in black children

February 18, 2015

Even after controlling for socioeconomic status and education, black children with type 1 diabetes are less likely than white or Hispanic children to use an insulin pump or maintain optimal glycemic control, according to study findings published in Pediatrics.

“Sadly, these results are not completely surprising, as previous studies done in much smaller populations have had somewhat similar findings,” Steven M. Willi, MD, director of the diabetes center for children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told Endocrine Today. “Nonetheless, these results are disappointing, as they uncover some of the inequities which still exist in our health care system. What is most remarkable about our findings is the fact that they are so consistent in a very large data set, suggesting that these influences on medical care and diabetes outcomes are ubiquitous.”

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