A Dozen Slices of Interesting Info About Diabetes

  1. Almost 6 percent of the world’s population has diabetes. An estimated 40 million of them live in India. One in every 20 deaths throughout the world is attributed to diabetes, which is also the primary cause of kidney failure worldwide. Countries with the greatest percentage of diabetic people are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Nauru, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Close to 24 million people have diabetes in the U.S.
  2. The words diabetes mellitus are of Greek origin. Diabetes means “to pass through” and mellitus means “sweet as honey.”
  3. People with an apple-like body shape are more at risk for diabetes than those who have a pear shape.
  4. The first modern diet prescribed for diabetes was likely Dr. Frederick Allen’s (1916). For a few days, his patients were given black coffee laced with whiskey (or clear soup if they preferred) every couple of hours. When sugar was no longer found in their urine, Allen’s patients were put on a strict low-carb diet.
  5. If you lived in ancient times and had the job of “water taster,” it meant that you tasted the urine of doctor’s patients to discover whether it was sugary, indicating diabetes. There were no doubt some doctors who did their own tasting, but it is easy to imagine why many employed water tasters.
  6. Another way ancients tested for diabetes was to pour a patient’s urine on the ground to see whether it attracted ants or flies.
  7. The first portable glucose meters were only available to doctors for use in their practice. These meters were available in 1969 and called ARM, or an Ames Reflectance Meter. An engineer acquired one through his wife (a psychiatrist) and his diabetes symptoms dramatically improved as he monitored his blood glucose at home. Medical journals did not print his findings. So, at age 43, Richard Bernstein went to med school and became an endocrinologist. He wrote a widely-read book called Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Portable glucose meters became available for home use in the 1980s.
  8. Until close to a century ago, diabetic patients used porcine or bovine (yup, pigs and cows) insulin to manage their illness. Insulin is now a laboratory concoction of bacteria and yeast.
  9. The increase of diabetes is largely attributed to sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits. Too much TV and computer time with snack foods and no exercise puts us at higher risk for diabetes.
  10. Eating cooked oatmeal regularly, at least twice per week, decreases your risk of diabetes.
  11. Diabetes is not just a human disease. Animals such as ferrets, cats, foxes, horses, hippos and dolphins can suffer from it as well.
  12. Some well-known athletes with diabetes are Sugar Ray Robinson, Arthur Ashe and Jackie Robinson. Celebrities with diabetes include Halle Berry, Jerry Garica, Mary Tyler Moore, Phife Dawg and James Cagney. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has diabetes too.

Get Free Diabetic Supplies

For a limited time only, you can reduce diabetic supplies costs by more than 90%. Enrolling just take a few minutes.
1) Fill out the form
2) Speak to a representative
3) Get diabetic supplies delivered to your door at little or no cost.

Also, you will get a free Diabetes Meal Plan from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.

Enter your information below to see if you qualify.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Doctors use regular assessments of their diabetic patients not only to monitor the progress of the disease but also as opportunities to counsel...

Every body needs insulin, an essential hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar by converting glucose into energy. Diabetics...

People are not the only beings who suffer from diabetes. Any mammal with a pancreas can develop the disease through a lack of or impaired insulin...

When is diabetes not really diabetes? When it is Diabetes Insipidus. Diabetes Insipidus is a rare disorder not related to diabetes mellitus,...

When news stations feature stories about diabetes, they tend to include a shot of an overweight body, calling attention to the person's excess...

More Articles

The most well-known variations of diabetes are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes....

Those who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can greatly reduce their susceptibility by doing one key...

There are those who have heard of the term "diabetes mellitus," but might not be familiar with it. Diabetes Mellitus is a condition in...

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical...

=It’s helpful to know the difference between a food’s total grams of carbohydrate, and net grams of carbohydrate since only net carbs affect blood...

Eating LCHF, or a Low Carb High Fat diet, is a bit mind-bending for those of us who have learned to consume low-fat and lean. In many respects, it...

A 1-minute quiz could predict whether or not you're at risk for prediabetes. More than 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, which - left...

The human body needs chromium, a trace mineral, for several essential functions including the normalizing of...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

It can be difficult enough to get on stage and make a roomful of strangers laugh, but for comedians suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes,...

Because beets have moderately high sugar content, it’s typically recommended that people watching their glucose levels limit beet consumption....

It would be interesting to know how many people with diabetes actually use blood glucose control solutions to regularly check the accuracy of...

Gestational diabetes is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels during the condition...

How frustrating to wake up in the morning with elevated blood sugar when all you did was dream about eating a piece of cheesecake. A seemingly...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...