For thousands of years, doctors have recognized diabetes as a disease, but did not understand its cause. An early Egyptian medical text written around 1550 B.C., called the “Eberus Papyrus”, describes a condition os “passing too much urine”. The Greek physician Aretaeus, who lived in the second century A.D. gave diabetes its name, for Greek word meaning “siphon” or “pass through”. Aretaeus observed that his patients bodies appear to “melt down” into urine.
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Yet another way to manage type 1 diabetes and give to the body new source of insulin is transplantation of only Langerhans islet cells of pancreas (see the article here about the pancreas to more information on Langerhans cells). These cells in pancreas produce insulin, and also sense glucose levels in the bloodstream, and dispense the right ammount of insulin as needed.
As I’ve started my research on diabetes mellitus disease word ‘pancreas’ just keep on popping out on me. I feel great urge to fill this blank space because I’ve no idea what it says about the pancreas. 🙂
Pancreas is a compound gland common to all vertebrates (to those lucky species who have a spine, us included) functioning both as an exocrine gland releasing digestive enzymes into the gut in-order to facilitate food ingestion and as endocrine gland secreting the hormones insulin and glucagon, vital in carbohydrate (sugar) metabolism, into the bloodstream.