The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 B.C) diagnosed patients with diabetes by tasting their urine to see if it was sweet.
Thirty million people in the United States have diabetes. One if four patients with diabetes do not know they have it.
Type I diabetes (once called juvenile diabetes) accounts for 5% of all diabetes cases. Type II diabetes (once called adult-onset diabetes) accounts for 95% of all cases.
In the last twenty years, the number of patients with diabetes has doubled.
The total medical and economical costs for diabetes and its complications is $327 billion a year in the United States.
Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, excessive hunger, and excessive urination.