Diabetes consultants launch latest comic to mark 100 years of insulin

By Editor
11th January 2022
Education, Good practice Type 1 diabetes

A comic magazine created to celebrate 100 years since insulin was first administered to a human has been released today. 

Developed by Dr Mayank Patel, of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Partha Kar OBE, of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and publishing company Revolve Comics, the fourth edition of the Type 1 comic series takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through the last century of insulin-related milestones in diabetes care.

Entitled ‘Type 1: Generations’, the free-to-read virtual magazine is aimed at people with type 1 diabetes and healthcare professionals working in diabetes care.

This comic publication is the latest in this series, which aims to highlight essential elements of life for people living with type 1 diabetes.

Dr Patel said: “Being witness to the 100-year milestone since insulin was discovered, in our professional lives, is a moment to truly savour and reflect on.

“In relation to type 1 diabetes, a life without insulin would be extremely challenging and likely cut short, as history has demonstrated.”

On January 11, 1922, insulin was first administered to Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old Canadian boy who was dying from type 1 diabetes.

Dr Patel added: “To have had the opportunity to co-develop comic books, seeking to highlight elements of a life with type 1 diabetes, interweaved with the story of insulin discovery and use, has been a particular career highlight.”

Previous editions of the comic series, Origins, Attack of the Ketones and S.T.I.G.M.A are all still available here.

To access the latest publication, ‘Generations’, click here.

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