In May 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that some makers of metformin extended release remove some of their tablets from the U.S. market. This is because an unacceptable level of a probable carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) was found in some extended-release metformin tablets. If you currently take this drug, call your healthcare provider. They will advise whether you should continue to take your medication or if you need a new prescription.

Diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot respond to it appropriately, leading to high levels of sugar in the blood. Managing blood sugar levels can be challenging, but ongoing research is increasing the chance of living a full life with diabetes.

In the past, type 1 diabetes was always fatal within months or even weeks. The introduction of insulin as a treatment changed this.

There is still no cure for diabetes, but newer drugs and an awareness of possible causes have further improved the outlook for people with this condition.

In this article, we look at the history of diabetes, how its treatment has progressed, and current developments.

Understanding the history of diabetes and its early treatment can help us appreciate how far the understanding and treatment of this condition have come.

Discovery of diabetes

Joseph von Mering <br />Image credit: PD-US</br>” data-wp-editing=”1″><br><em>Joseph von Mering (pictured) and Oskar Minkowski are credited with discovering in 1899 that the removal of the pancreas from a dog allowed it to develop diabetes. <br>Image credit: PD-US</em></div>
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