Fun Facts

Early Treatments

Early Greek physicians’ recommended treating diabetes with exercise, on horseback no less, believing the activity reduced the need for excessive urination.

Other bizarre treatment options included milk and carb diet, rice and starchy gummy foods to thicken the blood, and barley water boiled with bread… doesn’t sound too appetizing.

In search of a cure they tried anything… narcotics, such as opium, digestible foods like veal and mutton, rancid animal food. Whoa, that’s harsh…. tobacco, green vegetables, a carb-free diet. Now that makes sense…

One doctor recommended a diet consisting of 65 percent fat, 32 percent protein, and 3 percent carbs, but advised avoiding fruits and garden produce.

Various experts’ recommended harsh chemicals… of course none worked, while other doctors recommended lifestyle changes like wearing warm clothing, wearing flannel or silk near the skin, taking cold baths and yes even getting massages.


We have come a long way over the past 3,000 years.