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From Death To Life: The Discovery Of Insulin

Before the life-saving treatment of insulin was discovered, diabetes was a disease that many people feared they would get. They feared it, because the diagnosis of diabetes was fatal, it meant they would most certainly die soon, in the near future. Not much was known of diabetes before the discovery. Doctors knew that sugar would only worsen diabetic patient’s conditions, and the most effective treatment at the time was a limited diet, also known as a starvation diet. By reducing their sugar intakes to the bare minimum, patients were able to extend their lives by a few extra years. Sadly, these extra years were not full of life and happiness for them. They slowly became worse, and often times they died of starvation before they succumbed to the effects of the disease itself. History of Diabetes Research In the 19th century, when patients died from complications from diabetes, doctors were able to conduct an autopsy which showed significant damage to their pancreas. In the year 1869, Paul Langerhans, at the time a German medical student discovered that inside the pancreatic tissue were clusters of cells in which digestive juices were produced. The function of these cells were unkn Continue reading >>

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  1. diatom

    Increased insulin sensitivity due to activity,weight-loss and stopping smoking,and weight gain.

    I'm trying to find out what effect the increase in insulin sensitivity-due to weight loss,physical activity,and/or stopping smoking-has within the context of the often quoted'insulin can make you put on weight',where increased insulin sensitivity is understood to be equivalent to taking more insulin.
    Any offers?

  2. fgummett

    Your body's BG management system is so much more refined than we can currently hope to achieve with injections or even an insulin pump.
    If you were injecting insulin (exogenous) and managed to increase your insulin sensitivity you would probably have to decrease the amount you injected to avoid going hypoglycemic (low BGs). Or you could end up "feeding the insulin" which could lead to excess fat storage, increased hunger etc...
    Suffice to say that as you increase insulin sensitivity your body will compensate by not secreting as much (endogenous) insulin. I guess if you choose to take advantage of the increased insulin sensitivity to eat more foods that tend to raise your BG that could put you back into the cycle of excess fat storage, IR etc... but now you understand the biochemistry, why would you want to?

  3. furball64801

    All of us are differet, I have lost over 40 lbs but dont see any difference in my insulin usage, so how can we use that info. Some lose 20 lbs like my brother and his management improved over 50% what can I say.

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