HC Deb 28 July 1927 vol 209 cc1487-8W

asked the Minister of Health how many people suffering from diabetes have been cured by the treatment of insulin; and in how many cases such treatment has merely controlled the disease but not cured it?


Insulin is not a curative agent in the ordinary sense of that term, and it is administered with the object of neutralising for the time being the consequences of the disease, although in certain case its prolonged administration may be followed by a diminution in, or even the entire disappearance of, the active symptoms. No statistics are available as to the number of persons who have received this treatment nor is it possible to ascertain the number of cases in which the administration of insulin has contributed to the cure of this disease.