Welcome to Mr Miracle
- By: Naveed Younis
Insulin has revolutionised lives
I first met Mr M four years ago during a teaching session to medical students. He had had diabetes for 75 years and was attending the outpatient clinic for a plantar foot ulcer. His diabetes was diagnosed at the age of 3 years in 1929. Although insulin was first used in humans in 1922, it was expensive and only became widely available in the mid-1930s. In 1929 insulin treatment was not widely available or known about, and M's doctor simply advised a strict starvation diet that was low in carbohydrates. His parents were told that his diabetes was untreatable and that he would be expected to die within a year. His father was advised to take him to a hospice for his inevitable death and not to send him to school.
M's father, however, had heard of a doctor in London who was treating patients with