Did You Know?

Below you will find some information and trivia related to Endocrine issues. We hope you find this information useful and educational. Check back often as we expand this list.


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Prior to the discovery of insulin for human use in 1922, a diagnosis of diabetes resulted in inevitable
death within weeks to months. The only 'treatment' at that time was near starvation to prolong life
by few months.

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President John F Kennedy is one of the most famous personalities with Addison's disease.

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Thyroid hormone was first isolated in 1914.

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Leonard Thompson was the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.

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Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin by exposure to UV rays in the sun.

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Vitamin D synthesis in the skin falls sharply in higher latitudes and in winters.

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The more weight you gain the more your pancreas needs to work to make enough insulin for your body.

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Self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) was first developed in 1962.

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Prior to 1920s the Great Lakes, Appalachians and the Northwestern United States regions were the
'goiter belt' due to the deficiency of iodine. The introduction of iodized salt has virtually eliminated
this deficiency.

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Chromosomes determine one's genetic sex, however, it is the correct and delicately balanced expression
of sex hormones that leads one to acquire the physical characteristics of a male or a female.

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The pituitary gland, often called the 'master gland' of the body, is barely the size of a pea and weighs just about half a gram. Talk about big punches in small packages!

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President George Bush and his wife Barbara Bush have both had hyperthyroidism from Grave's disease.

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You are in the company of Halle Berry, Justice Sonia Sotomayer and Bret Michaels if you have diabetes.

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The word osteoporosis is derived from 'osteon' meaning 'bone' and 'poros' meaning 'pore'; thus literally a porous or thin bone.

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The first hormone to have been isolated and synthesized was the adrenal hormone epinephrine in 1901.