8 June 2012
You couldn’t keep diabetes out of the Diamond Jubilee. Well, everyone except us managed to. We noticed two oblique connections.
The first was the Duke of Edinburgh, who was born in the same year that insulin was discovered. No doubt he is still the same Duke, although it is said that the body changes completely over a seven year period. But the insulin we use today is quite different from that discovered by Banting, Best, Cullip and McLeod. Simple animal insulin was joined by NPH (Isophane) in 1946 but the big advance came in about 1970 when genetically modified so-called human insulin came into use to be followed 30 years later by analogue insulins.
The second was the Gloriana. The boat was stroked by that well-known person with diabetes, Sir Steve Redgrave. It was said that there were about 1,000 boats in the parade containing what – ten people each? That’s 10,000 people altogether of which 500 would have diabetes, according to the odds.
We hope you all had an excellent weekend and enjoyed the celebrations.
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