Diabetes is a serious medical condition that results in your body not generating enough insulin to maintain steady blood sugar levels. The insulin that diabetics take effectively removes glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream when a glucose reading indicates that the level is too high. If you or a family member have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, chances are, you have many questions.
While it’s always best to talk with your doctor, here are eight diabetes facts that can help put your mind at ease.
Fact #1: 100 Years of Treatment History
- Did you know that Boston scientist Elliott Joslin was credited with being a diabetes expert back in 1916 when he published the first textbook on the topic! The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus used medical research to show that a carefully limited diet and exercise could significantly reduce death in patients with diabetes.
- Another interesting historical fact is that Dr. Frederick Banting of Ontario, Canada, was the first to successfully treat a patient with diabetes in 1922. As a result, he and his research team received the Nobel Prize in Medicine.