Category: World Diabetes day

Answers to test your knowledge


1. 1923

2. Leonard Thompson

3. 2007

4. Type 1 diabetes

5. decrease in blood glucose level

6. A lack of insulin, fatty acids being burnt  and the production of ketones

7. 347 million however i think this number may have increased a little.

8.  Happiness

9. 1962 by Leland Clark and Champ Lyons

10.  With diabetes bad days are a part and parcel of the condition. I’ve learnt that I am able to overcome these bad days, sometimes with difficulty and sometimes with ease. Keeping a positive outlook about the condition and having strong support around me has really help me learn how to cope with these difficult moments.No matter what I always find a way to get through it. I won’t let myself be defeated!

Test your Diabetes knowledge!


Just a few questions to jog your memory with all things diabetes. See how many you can get!

1. When was insulin first discovered and extracted for the use in diabetic patients?

  • 1880
  • 1923
  • 1946
  • 1825

2. What was the name of the first patient treated with insulin?

  • Thomas Smith
  • Leonard Thompson
  • Jonathan West
  • James Collip

3. Which year was World Diabetes day recognised by the United Nations?

  • 2007
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 1997

4. I am an autoimmune disease I attack beta cells in the pancreas, not allowing my victim to produce insulin. What type of diabetes am I?

  • Type 1.5
  • Type 2
  • Type 1

5. Hypoglycaemia is a term used to refer to:

  • An increase in blood glucose level
  • A stable blood glucose level
  • A decrease in blood glucose level

6. What is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) a result of?

  • Eating too many sugary foods which result in high blood glucose levels
  • A lack of insulin, fatty acids being burnt  and the production of ketones
  • Too much insulin in the body

7. How many people worldwide have Type 2 diabetes?

  • 600 million
  • 347 million
  • 2.5 million
  • 425 million

8. Which of these symptoms is not a symptom of untreated diabetes?

  • Fatigue
  • happiness
  • Frequent urination
  • Thirst

9. When was the first blood glucose meter invented ?

  • 1928
  • 1962
  • 1968
  • 1970

10. Think of one positive thing you’ve learnt from your diabetes and please share those positive thoughts with me.

I will post the answers later today.

Amina xx

World Diabetes Day – Insulin discovery

© Mary Evans Picture Library / SZ Photo / Scherl

© Mary Evans Picture Library / SZ Photo / Scherl

Since I come from a science background. I thought that this year for World diabetes day I would concentrate on one of the major breakthrough’s in diabetes. The breakthrough which stands out in my mind and is very close to my heart is the discovery of insulin by Dr Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Without this life changing discovery, let’s put it this way I probably wouldn’t be here today. I wanted to show my appreciation and write a post dedicated to these men.

Frederick Banting was a Canadian scientist, born on 14 November (World Diabetes Day) 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. His list of achievements stacks up high. In 1916, he received an M.B degree and was able to join the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War 1. During the war, besides being wounded badly, he continued to help the sick and injured.

When the war ended in 1919 he returned to Canada and was awarded the Military Cross. He also became a medical practitioner for a short time. Until he returned to Toronto to study orthopaedic medicine.

1919-1920, he was resident surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He did this whilst continuing his general practice, teaching orthopaedics and anthropology part-time at the University of Western Ontario in London.

*The Insulin breakthrough*

In 1923, Frederick Banting along with his assistant Charles Best discovered how to extract insulin so that it could be used on patients suffering from severe diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). If you aren’t aware of the research you can have a look at the step by step documentation of the research carried out on

Dr Frederick Banting was presented with a Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1923 along with Dr. JRR MacLeod, Professor of Physiology at the University of Toronto.  His assistant and co-founder of insulin “Charles Best” was not recognised for the hard work he had contributed in the research. Dr. F Banting decided that he would share his award money with Best. According to the Nobel Prize,” as of September 2011, Banting, who received the Nobel Prize at age 32, remains the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of Physiology/Medicine.”

The Canadian government gave Banting a lifetime annuity to work on his research. Banting married Marion Robertson in 1924; they had one child, William (b. 1928). This marriage ended in a divorce in 1932. He was then knighted by King George the V in 1934 and became Sir Frederick Banting.

Banting and Best went on to work at the Banting and Best institute in the University of Toronto. Today this institute is known as the BBDMR. Dr. F Banting went on to work on other aspects of research such as, silicosis, cancer, and the mechanism of drowning and how to counteract it. In 1937 Banting married Henrietta Ball.

Dr F Banting reenlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. There he severed as a liaisons officer between England and North America. In 1941, he was involved in an air crash and regrettably he met his demise.

I’ll be forever grateful to Banting and Best for their astounding breakthrough. This discovery has helped many people suffering with diabetes and is definitely the biggest breakthrough in my eyes in the diabetes world.

Words of Sir Frederick Banting:

 “Insulin is not a cure for diabetes; it is a treatment. It enables the diabetic to burn sufficient carbohydrates, so that proteins and fats may be added to the diet in sufficient quantities to provide energy for the economic burdens of life.”


World Diabetes day!! 14th November 2013


Hi guys

Today is World Diabetes day!!!

I don’t know why but this day has always made me happy, proud and at times sad. On a daily basis I am reminded of my condition and the battle I go through, and I think that World diabetes day gives others the opportunity to remember diabetes. It is also a day whose popularity grows each year by the millions of diabetes campaigns and the wide spread awareness which is shared with the world. However, it’s a day which makes me sad because it reminds me of some of my loved ones who are no longer with us and suffered with both T1 and T2 diabetes. I feel that World diabetes day really allows us all to come together and acknowledge the effects of this lifelong condition.

This February will be my 20th year living with diabetes. When I was first diagnosed, I couldn’t have possibly looked forward and pictured this day and the person I’ve become because of my diabetes. At the time I knew I had a difficult journey ahead of me but I could never have imaged how difficult it would have been. I’ve never taken a day for granted and always try my best to control my diabetes and live a healthy life.

This World Diabetes Day I’ve decided to set out a few goals for myself for the following year.


– I would love to maintain a tight control on my blood glucose levels and in turn keep my HbA1c at 6.4% if not lower.

-Always stay positive about my diabetes especially on the difficult days.

-Continue to blog and raise more awareness about diabetes whilst sharing my experiences with the world.

– Keep up the exercising and eating healthy

-I was unable to take part in my JDRF run this year because I was extremely ill. So next year I’m aiming to take part in it.

Thanks for stopping by

Amina xx