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History of Insulin

  1. Walter Sneader

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003623



How to Cite

Sneader, W. 2001. History of Insulin. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

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Failure of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin results in high blood sugar levels and the development of diabetes. The isolation of insulin in 1922 provided a means of treating diabetes by administering daily injections of the hormone.


  • chemistry;
  • drugs and chemicals;
  • endocrinology