Diabetics’ quality of life gets a lift

An insulin pump

Dr Ee-lin Lim

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

IT’S a revolutionary new service that could help thousands of people battle a potentially life- threatening disease.

Southampton General Hospital has launched insulin pump therapy to treat the thousands of people in the city living with type 1 diabetes.

It will mean patients no longer have to travel outside of the city to receive the treatment, which doctors believe will give patients a better quality of life.

The condition prevents the body producing enough insulin to regulate sugar levels – glucose – and affects around 400,000 people nationwide.

Too much glucose can cause organ damage and there is currently no cure, so patients have to take insulin regularly for life, traditionally through injections.

But pump therapy allows patients to control the flow of insulin using a small battery-operated device connected to a tube and tiny needle inserted under the skin.

Dr Ee-Lin Lim, consultant diabetologist at University Southampton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), pictured below, said: “This a major service development and fantastic news for people with type 1 diabetes in Southampton and the surrounding area.

“Insulin pump therapy can lead to better quality of life and improved diabetes control, which reduces the risk of low blood sugar episodes, but it still requires a great deal of commitment from patients to maintain strict monitoring of their glucose levels.

“For those patients who are dedicated to making it work, it can transform their lives and I am delighted we are now able to offer it to people with type 1 diabetes in Southampton and its surrounding area.”

She added that the launch of the service highlights the hospital’s “desire” to boost diabetes care for patients in the south.

Currently less than five per cent of sufferers use pumps in the UK compared to 10-20 per cent in Europe and 35 per cent in the USA.

Dr David Paynton, of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “It is thanks to feedback gained from local people with diabetes, through our diabetes survey last year, that we are now able to provide this valuable service locally.”

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12:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Millie0505 says...

Amazing news!! Diabetes changes lives so dramatically and the majority of type one sufferers are diagnosed at a young age, having personal experience of this I can say that a lot of lives will be changed for the better! There is nothing that can be done to prevent this horrid disease and nothing that can be done to cure it, but the children and now the adults having access to this amazing little machine is brilliant! Xx
Amazing news!! Diabetes changes lives so dramatically and the majority of type one sufferers are diagnosed at a young age, having personal experience of this I can say that a lot of lives will be changed for the better! There is nothing that can be done to prevent this horrid disease and nothing that can be done to cure it, but the children and now the adults having access to this amazing little machine is brilliant! Xx Millie0505
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