Sugar diabetes disease has been known to humanity more than 3000 years since about 1500 B.C., according to the first references in historical documents. Word ‘diabetes’ derived from the Greek word for ‘to syphon’ or ‘to run through’.
Around 30 B.C. and 30 A.D., a Greek physician Aretacus from Cappadocia applied the term ‘diabetes’ to his patients who had to urinate frequently. Much later, around 17th century, doctors discovered that the urine of people with sugar diabetes was sweet, so they added the Latin word ’mellitus’, which stands for ’honey’, hence this disease get the name ’diabetes mellitus’, or sugar diabetes, as we know it today.