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    Sir Frederick Banting and World Diabetes Day

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    Sir Frederick Banting and World Diabetes Day

    Post by Jan1 on Mon Nov 14 2016, 19:59

    I'm sure you may have already seen this in the news today ... but in case you haven't!

    "Millions of people around the world suffer from diabetes, but until the 1920s there was no treatment for it.

    Sir Frederick Banting was a Canadian scientist whose pioneering work using insulin to treat diabetes earned him the Nobel prize. He only lived to be 49 but on November 14 - what would have been his 125th birthday - Google has celebrated him with a commemorative Doodle.

    November 14 is also World Diabetes Day.

    How does insulin work?

    For your body to use glucose, the fuel that comes from carbohydrates, it must be transferred from the blood to your body’s cells to be used up as energy.

    The vital hormone that allows glucose to enter cells is called insulin and it is normally produced naturally in the pancreas. If this process doesn’t happen, the level of sugar in the blood becomes too high.

    Being unable to naturally produce insulin is the disease known as diabetes. More than 4 million people in the UK are diagnosed with it, and it is a major cause of kidney failure, heart attacks and blindness.

    Who was Sir Frederick Banting?

    Frederick Banting was born on November 14 1891 in Alliston, a settlement in the Canadian province of Ontario. He served in the First World War despite initially being refused while in medical school for poor eyesight since the army wanted more doctors on the front line.

    After the war, Sir Frederick had become deeply interested in diabetes and the pancreas, reading much of the work on the matter that had come before him.

    Scientists including Edward Schafer had speculated that diabetes was caused by a lack of a protein hormone produced in the pancreas, which Schafer had named insulin. Previous studies had noted that patients with diabetes had a damaged pancreas."

    The words above are from an article here, which also includes more information and pictures too!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/11/14/who-was-sir-frederick-banting-and-how-did-he-discover-that-insul/

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    Re: Sir Frederick Banting and World Diabetes Day

    Post by chris c on Mon Nov 14 2016, 23:51

    I believe he was a distant relative of William Banting
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    Re: Sir Frederick Banting and World Diabetes Day

    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 15 2016, 21:59

    chris c wrote:I believe he was a distant relative of William Banting

    Yes, you are right Chris ...

    " William Banting (c. December 1796 – 16 March 1878) was a notable English undertaker. Formerly obese, he is also known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting the intake of carbohydrates, especially those of a starchy or sugary nature. He undertook his dietary changes at the suggestion of Soho Square physician Dr. William Harvey, who in turn had learnt of this type of diet, but in the context of diabetes management, from attending lectures in Paris by Claude Bernard.

    Banting was a distant relative of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin. Banting's body is buried with those of his wife and daughter at Brompton Cemetery, London, England

    Read more (with references) here

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Banting

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    Re: Sir Frederick Banting and World Diabetes Day

    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 16 2016, 22:05

    Pity more dieticians don't know that . . .

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