National Geographic : 1935 Jun
Chain the Sword 3 EFORE insulin was discovered, practi -c ally the only hope for grown-up diabetics was to adhere to a rigid, almost starvation, diet. For children stricken with diabetes there was hardly any hope at all. Today, diabetics are permitted diets which would have been suicidal in pre-insulin days. The majority of children who are protected by insulin are enabled to study and play and live like normal children. A healthy body makes its own insulin the hormone supplied by the pancreas. Dia betes results when there is a deficiency of insulin. When the disease is apparent, the proper amount of injected insulin supplies a substitute for this essential element. Injection of insulin is a simple matter. Most doctors show their patients, young and old, how to make the injections themselves. Insulin now costs less than formerly and it can be had everywhere. There is no reason METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT LIFE 4%- Do you recall the story of Damocles at the banquet, a sword over his head suspended by a single hair? Over the heads of men, women and children who have diabetes hangs a figurative sword - but it can be safely chained by the use of insulin. why those who need it should not enjoy its life-saving benefits. Though diabetes is neither infectious nor contagious, it frequently occurs in families predisposed to it, and is common among overweight middle-aged persons. Those in clined to be fat, particularly if related to a diabetic, should be especially careful of their diet. In its early stages, diabetes causes little or no physical dis comfort, but its presence can be detected by a doctor's examina tion and laboratory tests. The Metropolitan will be glad to send, without cost, the book let "Diabetes" which tells how to guard against the disease, de scribes its signs and causes, and gives information about diet. Address Booklet Dept. 635-N. Rol war ,m,W I!1 goama "r.1 AMImn gsg N" INSURANCE COMPANY el. ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. O 19a8 M. L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."