How Long Has Diabetes Mellitus Been Around???

Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus is a disease spread all over the world in the present day world. Diabetes first was diagnosed only in the late 15th century B.C in Egypt. Many of us may get astounded hearing this fact, but it is true. It is recoded that, the first mention of diabetic symptoms are mentioned in the year 1552 B.C in Egypt. The prescription was meant for a problem, which seemed to be excessive urination. This symptom is very closely related to diabetes Mellitus for the present times. So considering this prescriptions we can assume that it first came to rise in this era.

Later in 100 B.C., a Greek physician named Aretaeus, first time used the term Diabetes. He stated that diabetes is a disease which melts down the flesh and limbs to urine. He gave the side effects of diabetic patient. A few years after that, another Greek physician Galen of Pergamum, has mistakenly diagnosed diabetes as a kidney disorder. He suggested that Diabetes is a ailment of kidney.

Present Day Diabetes-

Till the 11th century A.D., patients suffering from constant urination were asked to give a sample of there urination. And these sample of urine was tasted by water tasters. This is because the urine of a diabetic patient is supposed to be sweet. And therefore these patients were diagnosed in such a way. The Latin word of Honey is Mellitus, is hence added to Diabetes as a result.That is how the name ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ has been derived.

Since then many physicians from across Europe and Asia have researched on diabetic symptoms. In 1870 a French physician has developed a link between the digestive system and diabetes Mellitus. In the late 19th century, an Italian diabetes specialists Catoni, isolated his patient under lock and key, so that they follow his diet and respond him for his diet treatment.

Frederick Madison Allen and Elliot P. Joslin in 1910-20, came up with an interesting theory saying that, diabetes is the most comfortable chronic condition anybody can survive. It was said so because, it was clean, non contagious, often painless and always susceptible for treatment. In the years 1940-60 there were many major finds which were made all over the world about diabetes. This was found out to be effecting other organs on the long run. Oral medicines were invented for treating diabetes externally. In 1959, the two major types of diabetes are recognized. Type-1 diabetes and Type-2 diabetes.

Even today, the medical field could not find out a cure for diabetes Mellitus. We know there are prevention and treatment, but no cure!!

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