Banting And Best Insulin

January 23, 2012 by staff 

Banting And Best Insulin, ‘I was treated by the pioneers of insulin in 1930′ Frederick Banting discovered insulin by keeping a diabetic dog alive with pancreas extract, Insulin has saved the lives of countless people with Type 1 diabetes.

In 1921, when the hormone was first discovered by a young Canadian surgeon named Frederick Banting, most children diagnosed with diabetes were expected to die within a year.

Ninety years on and Banting’s breakthrough is being hailed a one of the twentieth century’s most important medical advances.

Insulin in all its forms continues to ease and prolong the lives of diabetics by keeping blood glucose levels under control.

Sheila Thorn was lucky enough to be treated by Banting in Toronto in 1930 when she was diagnosed as diabetic at just a few months old.

The insulin he prescribed for Sheila has kept her alive for 80 years, making her probably the longest surviving insulin-dependent diabetic in the world.

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