Trivia can be fun and interesting, especially when you are learning about something that is close to home. Whether you have diabetes or know someone who does, you might want to learn some interesting facts about this disease.
Seeing how greatly treatment has evolved can be empowering. In addition, learning more about diabetes can help to increase your awareness and motivate you to take control. As the saying goes, knowledge is power.
25 Interesting Facts About Diabetes
- The earliest known written record that likely referred to diabetes was in 1,500 B.C in the Egyptian Ebers papyrus. It referred to the symptoms of frequent urination.
- Diabetes symptoms such as thirst, weight loss, and excess urination were recognized for more than 1,200 years before the disease was named.
- The Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappodocia (81-133 A.D) was credited with coining the term “diabetes” (meaning “flowing through” in Greek). He described a disease with symptoms of constant thirst, excessive urination, and weight loss.
- Dr. Thomas Willis (1621-1675) called diabetes the “pissing evil” and described the urine of people with type 2 diabetes as “wonderfully sweet, as if it was imbued with honey or sugar.” He was also the first to describe pain and stinging from nerve damage due to diabetes.
- In ancient times, doctors would test for diabetes by tasting urine to see if it was sweet. People who tasted urine to check for diabetes were called “water tasters.” Other diagnostic measures included checking to see if urine attracted ants or flies.