New comic celebrates 100 years of insulin

One hundred years of insulin-related milestones in diabetes care is the subject of the latest comic magazine produced by two leading diabetes consultants.

To mark a century since insulin was first administered to a human, the team behind the Type 1 series has released Type 1: Generations, a free-to-read virtual magazine aimed at people with type 1 diabetes and healthcare professionals working in diabetes care.

It is the fourth edition in a series which highlights, in an engaging way, key parts of life for people living with type 1 diabetes.

The release of the latest comic marks 100 years to the day when insulin was first administered to Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy in Canada who was dying from type 1 diabetes.

The comic series has been developed and produced 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.

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.

“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 available here.

Click here to access the latest publication, Generations.

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