100 years of insulin

A brief history of the medicine that millions use everyday
15 December 2021


Paraphernalia needed by diabetics to control blood sugar


2021 marks 100 years since insulin was first discovered. The World Health Organisation estimates that 422 million people around the world have diabetes, a disease where the body either can’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t respond properly to insulin. In the UK, 1 in 15 people are affected, and that’s only set to rise as more and more of us are overweight or obese. So what is insulin, how was it discovered, and how have we reached a place where millions of people can safely inject themselves with it every day? Sally Le Page explains...


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