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Three Ways New Insulin Research May Be Changing Your World

Before the discovery of insulin in Canada in the 1920s, the known treatments for diabetes were often ineffectual. The most promising one was a near-impossible diet in which patients avoided sugar at all costs. When insulin became freely available, it changed the lives of thousands of diabetic patients, in many cases lifting what was effectively a death sentence. This was nearly insulin's only medical use for decades (though it's used as an emergency hyperkalemia treatment as well), but several cutting-edge studies have shown exciting new uses for it on the horizon.