Anna's daughter, diabetes story

Many parents whose child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes wonder: 'Why is this happening to my child?', 'How can I best help?' Often it seems there are more questions than answers at the beginning.

For a child with Type 1 diabetes, the aims of diabetes management include reducing the risk of developing long-term complications caused by high glucose levels, avoiding hypoglycemia and ensuring normal growth and development both physically and emotionally.

Read the real-life stories of other parents of children with Type 1 diabetes and discover how better glucose control is possible.1,2

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Anna's daughter, diabetes story

In better control with MiniMed® her pump since 2008

"When Tess was 15 months old, I found her drinking from the paddling pool in our garden. She was too young to tell me she was thirsty. This type of behaviour led us to discover that she had Type 1 diabetes and she was put on a regimen of 4 injections a day. It was always difficult to keep control because most of the time Tess would be high but then she would crash unexpectedly which made life difficult for everyone. On her 2nd birthday, she was put on the MiniMed Veo insulin pump and since then, we have felt that we have Tess back again. To all other parents who have thought about getting their child an insulin pump, I would tell them to get one as soon as possible!" 


Clinical studies show that people using an insulin pump have self-reported increased quality of life.3-5


  • 1 Bergenstal RM, Tamborlane WV, Ahmann A, et al. Effectiveness of sensor-augmented insulin-pump therapy in type 1 diabetes. N Engl J Med.2010;363(4):311-320.
  • 2 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Continuous Glucose Monitoring Study Group. Continuous glucose monitoring and intensive treatment of Type 1 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2008;359:1464-1476.
  • 3 Misso ML et al. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) versus multiple insulin injections for type 1 diabetes mellitus (Review).The Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane Library 2010, Issue 1
  • 4 Karagianni P et al. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion versus multiple daily injections. Hippokratia 2009;13(2):93-96
  • 5 The EQuality1 Study Group. Quality of life and treatment satisfaction in adults with Type 1 diabetes: a comparison between continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and multiple daily injections. Diabetic Medicine 2008;25(2):213-220