This is what one months worth of insulin injections for a Type 1 Diabetic without an insulin pump looks like. This excludes an average of 8 finger pricks a day to test blood glucose levels. Please help us raise funds for insulin pumps for local Tasmanian kids with diabetes!
Some statistics received from Diabetes Tasmania:
Total type 1's in Tassie 2995
Total type 1's 0 - 16 191
Total Type 1's 17 - 20 167
Total Type 1's 21 - 25 189
Total type 1's 0 - 25 547
Total of type 1's 0-25 on an insulin pump 222
“There are 28,196 people with Diabetes in Tasmania. Of this number 2,995 have Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented.
Type 1 Diabetes greatly effects the young with 50% of all those diagnosed being under 30 years of age. It is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. While several daily injections provide good management, the best management for children comes from an insulin pump. Today’s insulin pumps provide safe predictable management for young children and young adults.
In Tasmania there are 547 people under 25 with type 1 diabetes and only 222 are using insulin pumps. What often prevents access to insulin pumps is the prohibitively high costs. Insulin pumps cost around $9,500. This cost will be covered by private health insurance however families need to be able to firstly afford this insurance.”