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this day in the yesteryear: Insulin First Used to Treat Diabetes (1922)


Insulin First Used to Treat Diabetes (1922)

Insulin, a hormone produced in clusters of pancreatic cells called islets of Langerhans, regulates carbohydrate metabolism and allows the body to use and store glucose. Patients with diabetes have a decreased ability to either produce or absorb insulin. Canadian physiologists Charles Best and Sir Frederick Banting revolutionized the treatment of diabetes when they discovered how to isolate insulin in 1921. What happened when a 14-year-old diabetic was given the first insulin injection in 1922? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: SIR FREDERICK GRANT BANTING (1891)


Sir Frederick Grant Banting (1891)

Banting was a Canadian physician who, with Scottish physiologist John Macleod, won a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the hormone insulin. Banting and his assistant Charles Best experimented on diabetic dogs, demonstrating that insulin lowered their blood sugar. Insulin was proven effective on humans within months of the first experiments with dogs. In acknowledgment of Best’s work, Banting gave him a share of his portion of the Nobel Prize. What tragic accident took Banting’s life in 1941? More… Discuss