Starve to Live: Diabetes Treatment in 1916

A hundred years ago there were no medications for diabetes. It was a terminal illness where the only hope for prolonging life was to severely limit the food intake of diabetic patients.  Below is an  excerpt from the The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes by Lewis Webb Hill and Rena Eckman,  published in 1916. It is from the Project... Continue Reading →

Insulin: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

1. It wasn't called insulin During their early dog experiments on pancreatic extracts in August 1921, Frederick Banting and Charles Best named the yet unknown substance "isletin". The name was a reference to the Islets of Langerhans - cells in the pancreas that were suspected to produce a substance that regulated blood sugar levels. Later... Continue Reading →

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