How we manage T1DM has changed dramatically and significantly over the
past 57 years. The information I have detailed below is my perspective on
how my family and I monitored and treated my T1DM 57 years ago as we
were taught by the amazing nursing staff at Resurrection Hospital. Great
strides with T1DM have been made since starvation diets and with the discovery
of insulin 100 years ago: the discovery of insulin at the Department of
Physiology, University of Toronto, Canada, in 1921-22 was one of the most
dramatic events in the history of therapeutics. Insulin’s impact was so exciting
and sensational because of the incredible effect it had on Type 1 patients
with diabetes-truly a miracle of medicine in the 20th century. Frederick Banting
and Charles Best won the Nobel Prize in 1922: “called one of the greatest
achievements of modern medicine”.
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