National Geographic : 1940 Sep
Should you be on the lookout for Diabetes? petite; loss of weight; constant weariness and unaccountable irritability; and, in older people, boils and carbuncles. > Naturally, definite symptoms should call for immediate medical attention. SOME FOLKS should be especially on their guard against diabetes, as a tendency to this disease seems to run in certain families. Furthermore, the people it strikes are usually overweight and between the ages of 40 and 60. Diabetes occurs most frequently among people who lead inactive lives, and is more common among women than among men. So, if you have reason to be on the alert for dia betes, it is particularly important for you to have complete physical examinations at regular in tervals. Such examinations may reassure you that you do not have the disease. If the possibility of dia betes is indicated, then a study of sugar in the blood can help the doctor detect the condition early-frequently before other symptoms appear. Thus, you can be guided to prompt control of the disease with diet and insulin before it has made much progress. The most common signs of diabetes, frequently not recognized by those who have the disease in early stages, are: Excessive thirst; excessive ap- It is encouraging to realize that a healthy, ac tive life is not only possible but probable for most diabetics who promptly discover their ailment and follow competent medical guidance. They easily become adjusted to the four vital condi tions necessary for diabetes control: 1. Proper diet, 2. Insulin as prescribed, 3. Exercise, 4. Cleanliness. For further helpful information concerning this disease and its control, send for the Metropoli tan's free booklet, "Diabetes." Write today to Dept. 940-N . COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Plan to visit the Metropolitan's exhibits at the New York World's Fair and at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.