A century of diabetes breakthroughs
Diabetes is a relentless condition to live with, but huge progress has been made.
Huge progress has been made in diabetes care over the past 100 years, but it is still a relentless condition to live with.
Hear from Valerie, Cormac, Aisling and Catherine about what it’s like to live with diabetes now, what has changed for the better and their hopes for the future.
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Battling diabetes: no sign of slow-down 100 years on from discovery of insulin
Leonard Thompson was a 14-year-old boy when, in 1922, he became the first person living with diabetes to ever be saved by insulin treatment. That was just one year after insulin was discovered, and a year before Lilly became the first company to make insulin available commercially.
Diabetes must be higher on the political agenda
60 million people in Europe—equivalent to the population of Italy—have diabetes. This presents a significant challenge for European health systems, which spend €150 billion on diabetes.1 And up to 75% of diabetes expenditure is related to preventable complications.2 Moreover, COVID-19 has further highlighted the need for better diabetes care and control as people with diabetes are suffering a far higher mortality rate than the general population. This should be a call to action for all policymakers.