National Geographic : 1948 Nov
HOW TO LEAD A HAPPY, USEFUL LIFE WITH Diabetes results from the body's failure to make proper use of sugars and starches. This oc curs when something goes wrong with the sys tem's natural supply of insulin. Starting with the development of prepared insulin 27 years ago, medical science has made many advances in treating and controlling dia betes. There is now hope that the use of radio active "tracers" and other research will contribute to a greater understanding of this disease. 1. Today, by utilizing current medical knowl- 2. Prepared insulin is sometimes used when edge through close cooperation with the doctor, the diabetic does not produce enough for his the average diabetic may look forward to needs. New, slower-acting insulins make pos living a happy, useful life. sible more accurate control of diabetes. 3. Diet determines the amount of sugar and 4. Exercise helps keep blood sugar at a safe starch taken into the body. In some cases, by level by using up sugars and starches. Many balancing diet and exercise, diabetes can be diabetics, by following a doctor's advice, can controlled without added insulin, continue their favorite sports. Today, at age 40 life expectancy of the average diabetic is now more than twice what it was before insulin's discovery in 1921. To learn more helpful facts about this disease, send for your free copy of Metropolitan's Booklet, 118-N, "Diabetes." COPYRIGHT 1948-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y. TO VETERANS-IF YOU HAVE NATIONAL SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE-KEEP IT!