Monday, 14 November 2011

World Diabetes Day - 14th November 2011

World Diabetes Day was jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The global diabetes awareness campaign was introduced amidst concern over an escalating diabetes epidemic.

November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.

World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is now an official United Nations Day.

Diabetes Facts
Diabetes is really called Diabetes Mellitus
2.6 million people in the UK have diabetes
More than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is managed using insulin injections or an insulin pump
90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is managed by diet, exercise and sometimes medication and insulin

Caltag Medsystems provide a number of diabetes research reagents. Here are some of the most popular ones with our customers…

Adiponectin ELISA Kit - a biomarker of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Read more.

RBP4 ELISA Kit - retinol binding protein 4 is a marker for insulin resistance and microalbuminuria in insulin-resistant subjects. Read more.

FTO ELISA Kit – FTO (fat-mass and obesity-associated gene) and type-2 diabetes have been shown to have a confirmed association. The presence of the FTO rs9939609 allele has been found to positively correlate with other symptoms of the metabolic syndrome, including higher fasting insulin, glucose, and triglycerides, and lower HDL-cholesterol. Read more.

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