Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog 30 Days of Diabetes--Day 14

World Diabetes Day – Today is World Diabetes Day, recognized by the United Nations, so across the globe people are taking an action to raise diabetes awareness. What about you?

World Diabetes Day, the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin. He was a Canadian, born November 14, 1891. In the early 1920s he, along with his assistant, Charles Best, researched insulin. Another doctor, JB Collip, who joined the group, further refined and purified the insulin for human use.

It was then injected into a boy who was dying from diabetes, with very obvious positive results. It lowered his blood sugars and cleared his urine of sugars. It saved his life!

In 1923, Banting was awarded the Nobel  Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Dr. JRR MacCleod, who was professor of Physiology at the university where Banting performed his research and experiments.

I know for a fact, without insulin, my daughter would not be alive. While I am thankful for insulin, I am praying that the continuing research being done will ultimately find a cure for diabetes. Even more wonderful would be the discovery of a way to prevent Type 1 Diabetes in the first place!!

Some day soon, Jesus will come; each of His faithful followers will receive new bodies. No more pain or sickness; no more diabetes!!

More information about Banting can be found here, and here

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