The Insulin Centennial: Diabetic Care over the Last 100 Years

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August 2021 marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin. Before insulin was discovered, a diagnosis of diabetes would be seen as a death sentence. The only remedies available at that time were very restrictive low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diets. These regimens could extend patients’ lives by a few years, but they would still ultimately succumb to the disease. They also made diabetic patients very weak and could even lead to starvation.

Simply put, the discovery of insulin helped save many lives—as it continues to do today.

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Is There a Stigma on Type-2 Diabetics?

Socks for Type-2 DiabeticsIs there a social stigma attached to type 2 diabetes?

Many people living with the illness would say yes.

In fact, surveys show that many people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes feel judged. According to research from the marketing firm dQ&A:

 

  • 76 percent of type 1 patients felt stigmatized, compared to 52 percent with type 2.
  • 83 percent of parents of type 1 children said they felt stigmatized.
  • More than half of people with type 2 diabetes who used intensive insulin therapies – multiple injections or a daily pump – felt stigmatized.

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5 Tips For Caring For Diabetic Feet

Keep your feet happy with these diabetic care tips

When you take care of any part of your body, it takes care of you. But when you live with diabetes, caring for yourself takes on even more importance. This applies, of course, to your diet, but also to your feet.

Having diabetes can mean you get less blood to your extremities, putting you at risk for a number of health problems. At worst, you run the risk of having a toe or a foot or even a leg amputated.

If you or someone you love has diabetes, here are a few foot care tips to keep in mind, whether you’ve just been diagnosed, or are simply trying to take better care of yourself.

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