Some interesting, but lesser known facts about Diabetes.

Did you know that…

  • Insulin, was discovered by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best in 1921 at the University of Toronto.
  • In 1924, a 14 year old boy Leonard Thompson was the first human with diabetes to receive insulin.
  • Eli Lilly was the first company to make insulin available commercially.
  • Almost 1 in 17 people worldwide are diabetic. More than 1800 cases of diabetes are diagnosed everyday.
  • India has the largest number of diabetics in the world; a total of 10 million.
  • Vitamin D reduces the risk of diabetes.
  • Research on insulin inhalers is going on which will make treatment of diabetes simple and pain-free.

Some famous personalities (both past and present) with diabetes:


  • Wasim Akram; Craig McMillan – Cricket
  • Arthur Ashe; Billy Jean King – Tennis


    Elizabeth Taylor; Vanessa Williams


    Syd Barrett; Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Tommy Lee (Motley Crew); Elvis Presley; Neil Young; B.B. King; Meatloaf


    Mikhail Gorbachev; Winnie Mandela


    Ernest Hemingway; Linda Goodman; Mario Puzo; H.G. Wells


    Thomas Alva Edison


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