Diabetes: Traversing & Crippling the Globe for Centuries

World Diabetes Day rolls around every November 14th. Although this national holiday became official in 1991, the history of diabetes runs deep:

  • “An ailment suspected to be diabetes was recognized by the Egyptians in manuscripts dating to approximately 1550 B.C. ~ Healthline.com
  • “On 11 January 1922, Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy with diabetes… was given the first injection of insulin.”` Diabetes.org
  • “In 1959, two distinct types of diabetes were identified when Solomon Berson and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow developed radioimmunoassay methods to measure insulin in the blood. They identified insulin-dependent (type 1) and non-insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes.”- ACC.org
  • National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020
    • “34.2 million Americans– just over 1 in 10– have diabetes.”
    • “88 million American adults– approximately 1 in 3– have prediabetes.”
    • “For adults diagnosed with diabetes: 15% were smokers, 89% were overweight, and 38% were physically inactive.”

Tips to Control and Prevent Diabetes

Given that diabetes made its first noteworthy presence in 1550 B.C., it’s heartbreaking to read the 2020 statistics. Although genetics play a role in diabetes,

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