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The History Of Diabetes

For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named “diabetes” from the Greek word for “siphon.” Eugene J. Leopold in his text Aretaeus the Cappodacian describes Aretaeus’ diagnosis: “…For fluids do not remain in the body, but use the body only as a channel through which they may flow out. Life lasts only for a time, but not very long. For they urinate with pain and painful is the emaciation. For no essential part of the drink is absorbed by the body while great masses of the flesh are liquefied into urine.” Physicians in ancient times, like Aretaeus, recognized the symptoms of diabetes but were powerless to effectively treat it. Aretaeus recommended oil of roses, dates, raw quinces, and gruel. And as late as the 17th century, doctors prescribed “gelly of viper’s flesh, broken red coral, sweet almonds, and fresh flowers of blind nettles.” Early Discoveries-Human Guinea Pigs In the 17th century a London physician, Dr. Thomas Willis, determined whether his patients had diabetes or not by sampling their urine. If it had a sw Continue reading >>

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  1. qtoffer

    Sugar industry paid scientists to blame saturated fat instead of sugar for CHD in 1960s

    Article in today's NY Times about a manuscript in today's JAMA Internal Medicine. Research and nutrition policy in the 1960s and 1970s was largely shaped by sugar industry trade groups. No surprise here. As a PhD biochemist and former vascular biology researcher, I'm always skeptical of any new research involving diet or heart disease. Always follow the money by identifying the research lead sponsor. My PhD advisor accepted funding from the Tobacco Institute because her research shifted blame for cardiovascular risk away from cigarettes.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/we...me-to-fat.html
    http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/arti...icleid=2548255

  2. Nan OH

    Many forget that just because a university did the study/research and published their findings; some one paid for it. There are popular books by doctors that do have some valid science but they still make money from the sale of the books or video programs/seminars. Most websites have paid sponsors.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    That is why some of the research should be Govt funded. Although in this case because of big corn, Govt was on the side of HFCS and any research showing that it was sugar and not fat would not have been funded by them either.

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