1552 B.C. Earliest known record of diabetes mentioned on 3rd Dynasty Egyptian papyrus by physician Hesy-Ra; mentions polyuria (frequent urination) as a symptom.
1st Century A.D. Diabetes described by Arateus as 'the melting down of flesh and limbs into urine.'
c. 164 A.D. Greek physician Galen of Pergamum mistakenly diagnoses diabetes as an ailment of the kidneys.
Up to 11th Century Diabetes commonly diagnosed by 'water tasters,' who drank the urine of those suspected of having diabetes; the urine of people with diabetes was thought to be sweet-tasting. The Latin word for honey (referring to its sweetness), 'mellitus', is added to the term diabetes as a result.
16th Century Paracelsus identifies diabetes as a serious general disorder.
Early 19th Century First chemical tests developed to indicate and measure the presence of sugar in the urine.
late 1850s French physician, Priorry, advises diabetes patients to eat extra large quantities of sugar as a treatment.
1870s French physician, Bouchardat, notices the disappearance of glycosuria in his diabetes patients during the rationing of food in Paris while under siege by Germany during the Franco-Prussian War; formulates idea of individualized diets for his diabetes patients.
19th Century French researcher, Claude Bernard, studies the workings of the pancreas and the glycogen metabolism of the liver.
Czech researcher, I.V. Pavlov, discovers the links between the nervous system and gastric secretion, making an important contribution to science's knowledge of the physiology of the digestive system.
Late 19th Century Italian diabetes specialist, Catoni, isolates his patients under lock and key in order to get them to follow their diets.
1869 Paul Langerhans, a German medical student, announces in a dissertation that the pancreas contains two systems of cells. One set secretes the normal pancreatic juice, the function of the other was unknown. Several years later, these cells are identified as the 'islets of Langerhans.'
1889 Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering at the University of Strasbourg, France, first remove the pancreas from a dog to determine the effect of an absent pancreas on digestion.
November 14, 1891 Frederick Banting born near Alliston, Ontario. His parents, devout Methodist, try to pressure their son into joining the ministry; instead, in 1912, Banting enrolls in medicine at the University of Toronto.
February 28, 1899 Charles Best born in West Pembroke, Maine.
1900-1915 'Fad' diabetes diets include: the 'oat-cure' (in which the majority of diet was made up of oatmeal), the milk diet, the rice cure, 'potato therapy' and even the use of opium!
1908 German scientist, Georg Zuelzer develops the first injectible pancreatic extract to suppress glycosuria; however, there are extreme side effects to the treatment.
1910-1920 Frederick Madison Allen and Elliot P. Joslin emerge as the two leading diabetes specialists in the United States. Joslin believes diabetes to be 'the best of the chronic diseases' because it was 'clean, seldom unsightly, not contagious, often painless and susceptible to treatment.'
c. 1913 Allen, after three years of diabetes study, publishes Studies Concerning Glycosuria and Diabetes, a book which is significant for the revolution in diabetes therapy that developed from it.
1919 Frederick Allen publishes Total Dietary Regulation in the Treatment of Diabetes, citing exhaustive case records of 76 of the 100 diabetes patients he observed, becomes the director of diabetes research at the Rockefeller Institute.
1919-20 Allen establishes the first treatment clinic in the USA, the Physiatric Institute in New Jersey, to treat patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and Bright's disease; wealthy and desperate patients flock to it.
July 1, 1920 Dr. Banting opens his first office in London, Ontario. He receives his first patient on July 29th; his total earnings for his first month of work is $4.00.
October 31, 1920 Dr. Banting conceives of the idea of insulin after reading Moses Barron's 'The Relation of the Islets of Langerhans to Diabetes with Special Reference to Cases of Pancreatic Lithiasis' in the November issue of Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics. For the next year, with the assistance of Best, Collip and Macleod, Dr. Banting continues his research using a variety of different extracts on de-pancreatized dogs.
Summer 1921 Insulin is 'discovered'. A de-pancreatized dog is successfully treated with insulin.
December 30, 1921 Dr. Banting presents a paper entitled 'The Beneficial Influences of Certain Pancreatic Extracts on Pancreatic Diabetes', summarizing his work to this point at a session of the American Physiological Society at Yale University. Among the attendees are Allen and Joslin. Little praise or congratulation is received.
January 23, 1922 One of Dr. Collip's insulin extracts first tested on a human being, a 14-year-old boy named Leonard Thompson, in Toronto; treatment considered a success by the end of the following February.
May 30, 1922 Eli Lilly and Company and the University of Toronto enter a deal for the mass production of insulin in North America.
October 25 1923 Dr. Banting and his colleague Prof. Macleod are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Banting shares his award with Best; Prof. Macleod shares his award with Dr. Collip.
1934 Dr. Banting is knighted, becoming Sir Frederick Banting.
1940s Link is made between diabetes and long-term complications (kidney and eye disease).
1941 On February 21, Sir Frederick Banting is killed in an airplane crash over Newfoundland while en route to England.
1944 Standard insulin syringe is developed, helping to make diabetes management more uniform.
1949 Dr. Best co-founds a diabetes association under the name Diabetic Association of Ontario. It later becomes known as the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1950s Diabetes Education Centres (DEC) start to open across Canada.
1953 Canadian Diabetes Association is formally established.
Nova Scotia and Alberta establish provincial diabetes organizations.
Camp Banting, Canada's first camp for children with diabetes was opened
1955 Oral drugs are introduced to help lower blood glucose levels.
1958 Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island establish divisions of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1959 Two major types of diabetes are recognized: type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes and type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.
1960s The purity of insulin is improved. Home testing for sugar levels in urine increases level of control for people with diabetes.
1961 British Columbia establishes a division of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1966 First pancreas transplant performed at the University of Manitoba.
Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Manitoba establish divisions of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1970 Clinical and Scientific Section (C&SS) of the Canadian Diabetes Association is formed by a group of interested physicians.
Blood glucose meters and insulin pumps are developed.
Laser therapy is used to help slow or prevent blindness in some people with diabetes.
1972 Diabetes Educator Section (DES) of the Canadian Diabetes Association is established, under the name Professional Health Workers Section, to represent nurses, dietitians, physicians, social workers and other healthcare professionals.
1977 First issue of Diabetes Dialogue, a magazine for members of the Canadian Diabetes Association, is published.
1979 The Canadian Diabetes Association's Good Health Eating Guide is first developed. It is revised in 1994.
1983 First biosynthetic human insulin is introduced.
1986 Insulin pen delivery system is introduced.
1989 Opening of the Banting Museum and Education Centre in London, Ontario; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother lights the Flame of Hope.
1992 The Canadian Diabetes Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
1993 Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) report is published. The DCCT results clearly demonstrate that intensive therapy (more frequent doses and self-adjustment according to individual activity and eating patterns) delays the onset and progression of long-term complications in individuals with type 1 diabetes.
1995 DES launches its first education awareness Campaign.
The Canadian Diabetes Association launches it's Web site. It is an award-winning source of diabetes-related information for people all over the world.
1996 75th Anniversary of the discovery of insulin celebrated around the world.
The Canadian Diabetes Association presents a symposium entitled '75 Years of Progress in Diabetes Care, Management and Treatment.'
1998 The United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) is published. UKPDS results clearly identify the importance of good glucose control and good blood pressure control in the delay and/or prevention of complications in type 2 diabetes.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Diabetes in Canada are released by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1999 Guidelines for the Nutritional Management of Diabetes* is released. *pdf document
2003 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Diabetes Association
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