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World Diabetes Day and a history lesson

November 14, 2011Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

If you ask people what the greatest invention of the 20th century was, you'll get a host of answers: the Internet, cell phones, White Out. If you asked me for my vote, insulin would win, finger-pricked hands down. It still amazes me that, had I been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a mere two or three generations earlier, the outcome would have been a lot different. Had I even survived the diagnosis, I would have faced a very miserable, short life following what amounts to a starvation diet...

Diabetes, e-SP, Frederick Banting, Insulin, Type 1 Diabetes

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Go Blue for diabetes

November 13, 2009Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day.  Have you ever heard of it? It started in 1991 as a way to,  you guessed it, raise awareness about diabetes. The date, Nov. 14, was chosen because it is the birth date of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin, which I personally think is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. The International Diabetes Federation, which created World Diabetes Day, issued a Blue Monument Challenge this year. More than 800 monuments will light up in...

Diabetes, e-SP, Frederick Banting, Insulin

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