Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and plays a crucial role in regulating blood glucose levels. It acts as the ‘key’ that ‘unlocks’ the cells, allowing glucose to enter and provide energy for the body’s various functions.
Insulin was first discovered in 1921. Since then, medical and technological advancements have made it even more effective for people with diabetes. Read this expert blog to learn about insulin improvements over the years.
Canadians have many claims to fame, but none are more important than the discovery of insulin in 1921. At a time when the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes meant a life of starvation and almost certain death, four scientists at the University of Toronto made a breakthrough that truly changed the world.
People who have diabetes are encouraged to become the captain of their own ship. This means that you need to steer your diabetes management towards the goals you have set for yourself and work with all members of your crew, i.e. your diabetes healthcare team.
People often ask what it means when their meter flashes “test ketones”.
In this third of a four-part series, nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, Gail MacNeill, discusses medication management during COVID-19 with nurses and Certified Diabetes Educators, Violeta Nikolova and Barbara Cleave, as well as pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Susie Jin.