Diabetes Before and After
The word ‘Diabetes’ comes from the Greek word that means “pipe-like” or “to pass through”. Not many people realize that it is responsible for claiming the lives of people for over thousands of years. In the body of someone with diabetes, they are unable to use the nutrients in the food for energy, this causes extra glucose to collect in the blood as well as the urine. Food them simply just “passes through” their body and does not absorb any nutrients. Before the discovery of insulin, diabetes was a fatal disease.
Treatments Throughout History
The Egyptians treated people with diabetes by using a combination of water, bones, lead, wheat and ground earth.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, opium helped to reduce the pain and despair that was felt by dying patients with diabetes.
In the 19th century, doctors also tried other common practices of healing such as cupping, bleeding and blistering.
The starvation diet was regularly prescribed to patients with diabetes prior to 1922.
The Prognosis of Diabetes Before Insulin
Imagine being a doctor, who got into the field of medicine to treat and heal patients, but after countless tries they always failed to treat patients with diabetes. Children began to waste away, suffering to take their next breath right before their very eyes and there was absolutely nothing they could do about it.
Before the discovery of insulin, this was the very fate for patients young and old diagnosed with this deadly disease. Adults typically lived under two years, while children rarely lived longer than one years’ time. They suffered greatly Continue reading