November 14 is World’s Diabetes Day… [who knows Dr. Banting, anyway?]

As part of my Sunday rituals, I was hooked on my favorite health and medical oriented show in ABS-CBN and found out that today, November 14, is World’s Diabetes Day!

Any topic related to diabetes strikes me personally because most of my elder loved ones, including my father, have been afflicted with this ’sweet’ disease. I am not sure, either, whether I am spared or not!

Although the show focused mainly on sleeping problems and only featured a considerable segment on the relation between diabetes and sleeping disorder, I was left dumbfounded to wonder how on earth November 14 does become World’s Diabetes Day.

So I key in the word diabetes in my desktop’s Encarta and made inquiries on these tidbits of information:

“Until the 1920s patients with diabetes usually died within one year of developing the disease. In 1922 a team of scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada discovered that the hormone insulin could be used to control the effects of diabetes. Although not a cure for diabetes, insulin regulates levels of blood sugar, allowing people with diabetes to remain in good health. In 1923 two members of the Toronto team, Canadian physiologist Sir Frederick Banting and British physiologist James Macleod, shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery. This article from Toronto’s Evening Telegram reflects the excitement of Toronto’s residents as Banting received recognition for one of history’s great medical breakthroughs.”*

For the first time since 1923, the reference says,

“the highest honor that can be awarded to a medical man, comes to Canada. The awarding of this prize of $40,000 to Dr. F. G. Banting, M.C., and Prof. J. J. R. Macleod, M.B., C.H.B., D.P.H., for their discovery and development of the insulin treatment for diabetes is one which should make every citizen of the Dominion and the Province proud.”

The discovery, of course, is undoubtedly very monumental! Various medical articles and magazines have inked significant discourses on what diabetes is and how can it be avoided/dealt with.. etc.

But, who was Dr. Banting anyway?

Dr. Banting who was born on November 14th, 1891, on his father’s farm, third line, East township, Simcoe County [Ontario], had changed the world’s perception on what was then an extremely deadly disease.

Other tidbits of information on Dr. Banting

* When World War I broke out, he went overseas with the rank of captain, serving as a doctor. He was in Cambrai push, where he was wounded in the right wrist with shrapnel. His gallantry won him the military Cross.

* He shared the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine/Physiology together with professor J.J. R. Macleod, a British physiologist for their discovery (1921) on the effect of hormone insulin in diabetic patients.

* The award of the Nobel prize is the crowning honor to the many which have been showered upon Dr. Banting since insulin has been proven successful. These include:

* Appointment as professor of medical research at the University of Toronto, July 1, 1923. House of Commons provides a life annuity of $7,500, July 27, 1923.

* Spoke before the sixth triennial Congress of the International Society of Surgery, on July 17, 1923.

* Had an audience with the King at Buckingham Palace, July 18. Spoke before the annual meeting of the British Medical Association at Portsmouth, Eng., July 25.

* Resolutions passed by the Academy of Medicine naming Banting and Best as the discoverers of insulin.

* Ontario Medical Association named Banting, Best, Collip and Macleod as discoverers of insulin. So did the Dominion Medical Association.

* Charles Mickle Fellowship for 1923 awarded to Dr. Banting.

* Start gold medal awarded to Dr. F. G. Banting.

* Reeve prize awarded to Dr. Banting and Mr. Best last September.

* The Canadian Club of Toronto made Banting and Best life members.

* Created in 1991, World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations, and is now celebrated in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.

* The United Nations(UN) declared November 14 World Diabetes Day following a resolution passed in 2006. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Banting.

For further readings on DIABETES and/or Dr. Banting please browse on any/all of the sites hereunder.

American Diabetes Association This World Wide Web site maintained by the American Diabetes Association has basic information on the disease, including a test to find out if you have or are at risk for diabetes.

Canadian Diabetes Association The Canadian Diabetes Association provides information about the disease, with topics including the history of treatment, managing diabetes in young children, food choice symbols, and a glossary of terms.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

Diabetes Philippines this website was created with the purpose of making medical information more readily accessible to both the healthcare provider and those interested in diabetes. At the same time, communications with the experts in this field is made available through its Questions and Answer Corner. The medical physician directory is provided to facilitate patients’ search for a specialist especially those outside the Metro Manila area.

References: * Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Related articles:

1. The Banting Research Foundation discusses the legacy of Dr. Banting in this page.

2. The Nobel Peace Prize Foundation has this biography of Dr. Banting.

3.  Take the test, find out if you have or at risk for diabetes… the link is here .

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