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All about Diabetes

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The word diabetes was coined by “Aretaeus” of Cappadocia. The word is derived from the Greek ‘diabanein’, which literally means “passing through” or “siphon”, a reference to one of the main symptoms of diabetes – excessive urine discharge.

  • Diabetes is defined as a metabolic disorder where in human body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is required to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy.
  • Diabetes - “Siphon” 2nd century AD – Areteus of Cappadocia
  • Mellitus – “Honey” 1776, by Matthew Dobson

It is characterized as a condition whereby the body is not able to regulate levels of glucose (a sugar) in the blood, resulting in too much glucose being present in the blood.

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