Diabetes Timeline

| Nov 1, 1996

1000 B.C.- An Indian physician, Susruta, discovers diabetes.

100 B.C.- Greek physician Aretaeus names the disease diabetes after the word dia-bainein -"to siphon."

1650- Thomas Willis describes the sugared taste of urine in people with diabetes.

1750- Cullen, a scientist, adds mellitus - Greek for "honey-sweet"- to the term diabetes.

1869- Paul Langerhans describes the islet cells of the pancreas.

1901- Eugene Opie links diabetes with islet cells.

1920- R.D. Lawrence develops the dietary exchange system.

1921- Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin.

1936- PZI, a long acting insulin, is developed.

1938- NPH insulin is created.

1952- Lente insulin is introduced.

1956- Oral medications-sulfonylureas--are developed for people with type 2.

1961- Becton-Dickinson markets a single-use syringe.

1969- Ames Diagnostics creates the first portable blood glucose meter.

1979- The hemoglobin A1c test is created for the precise measurement of blood sugar control.

1979- The Derma-Ject needle-free insulin delivery system is marketed by The Derata Corporation.

1983- Humulin insulin is invented.

1992- Lispro is tested by Eli Lilly.

1993- The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial concludes that the best diabetes management is "tight control."

1995- Precose and Metformin are approved for use by type 2s.


Thank you to Peter Nebergall, PhD., for his research.

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Posted by Anonymous on 18 January 2008

Im doing a project on this topic so THANK YOU for the info!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 15 March 2008

2008- The word Diabetes remains in the medical lexicon to desribe what should actually be called IRD(Insulin Resistant Disease/aka Type 2 Diabetes) further complicating the differences that should be recognized between the two very different diseases.

Posted by Anonymous on 20 September 2008

i was doing a imeline and this helped a lot

Posted by Anonymous on 6 December 2008

Very nice. Goat out of goat

Posted by Anonymous on 26 April 2009

This time line is awesome. I have type 1 Diabetes and I am doing a project on Diabetes and this helped a lot. It informed me of the history of an important part of my life. THANX

Posted by Anonymous on 26 November 2011

Thank you for the timeline. It is helping me with my research paper for a genetics class. You have listed names, dates, and discoveries. You did my heavy leg-work, so now I can get to the core of the paper sooner. Thanks again.

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