The Discovery of Insulin & Preventing Diabetes

The Discovery of Insulin

The month of November is American Diabetes month. November 14th is World Diabetes Day. It is celebrated on the birthday of a man who co-discovered Insulin, November 14th Sir Frederick Banting his partner was a man named Charles Best. Sir Frederick Banting received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for the discovery. In 1934, Banting became a “Sir” granted by King George V.

Take Control of Diabetes Now Slogan

Take control of diabetes now is this year’s slogan. An estimated 285 million people in the world have diabetes. 24 million diabetics live in the United States! This November the goal is to educate people about diabetes and of course finding a cure is the top priority preventing even more people from developing diabetes is also part of the agenda.

Prevent Diabetes

57 million people are at risk of developing diabetes. How can you prevent becoming a diabetic? Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, RD, President-Elect, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association, said: Diabetes is a serious epidemic facing not only our nation, but the world. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease and amputations, plus it doubles your risk of heart attack and stroke. However, knowing the signs and symptoms of diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, can help with early detection and treatment. Type 2 diabetes and many diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle intervention."

Lifestyle Changes

It is easy enough for someone to say do something now before it is too late. The sad truth is if you want to avoid developing diabetes lifestyle changes may be the only solution. Eat healthy meals and snacks; exercise regularly even a 30-minute walk five times a week will decrease your risk of developing diabetes.

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