100 years of insulin: How diabetes stopped being a death sentence

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🔬Over the last century, a series of medical developments have transformed the daily lives of patients with diabetes. Landmark advancements on the horizon could, in rich countries at least, potentially wipe diabetes from the map in decades to come

Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old Canadian schoolboy, weighed only 29 kilograms when he was admitted to Toronto General Hospital in January 1922. He had been diagnosed three years earlier with Type 1 diabetes – an illness that, until then, had killed every person who contracted it. But Thompson was about to change medical history.

 

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