Research On Diabetes And Its Effects On The Lives Of The 21st Century

2135 Words Sep 1st, 2016 9 Pages
Living in the 21st century, it may seem like a miracle that the people of the past survived at all. Medical procedures and beliefs at that time were often unscientific and illogical, and disease was rampant. However, new evidence suggests that our own modern understanding of medicine is also quite flawed. Research done on traditionally deadly diseases show that these illnesses may have given an evolutionary advantage to the people of the past. For one, research on hemochromatosis has not only shown that the disease helps to prevent infection, but has also challenged accepted medical processes. Research on diabetes has led to the discovery of another part of our history in which excess amounts of sugar would have been beneficial. Research on favism has shown both the dangers and benefits of plants and disease, especially among certain populations. Indeed, hemochromatosis, diabetes, and favism all have genetic components that played a role in early man’s survival and in our modern-day medical research.
Rusting may seem like an issue specific to the Tin Man, but it is more common than most believe. Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disease that disrupts iron metabolism, leading to massive amounts of iron in the blood and the liver. Excess amounts of iron damages joints, major organs, and body chemistry, and can eventually lead to liver damage, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis and cancer. First described by Armand Trousseau in 1865, the disease was originally thought to be…
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