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Saskatchewan Provincial Heritage Fair
Invention of Insulin
Project is about how Sir Fredrick Banting invented insulin. How insulin affected not only Canadians but the world.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I learnt that Sir Fredrick Banting did his research on a dog to see if the insulin from a cow or pigs pancreas worked and it lowered the dogs blood sugar. Sir Fredrick kept using the insulin on the dog and it fell to the ground after the injected the insulin a few times. Sir Fredrick Banting and Charles Best thought that insulin was poisonous and thought all their lab notes were down the drain. After a few hours the dog woke up, they found a treatment. It turned out it was just an overdose so that is what I found interesting about my topic.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
How important the discovery of insulin for people was, it was a breakthrough in medical history. People that had diabetes had to go through many things in the hospital like staying in a coma from the food passing through their body and going on a 450 calorie a day diet. People have to know what insulin and Sir Fredrick Banting did to people with diabetes. He is a life saver to everyone.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
The life in the 1800s-1900s was very different then it is today. The life expectancy was 35 and there was many diseases going on at the time. Houses lacked running water and electricity and the light bulb and many other inventions were really invitational but now are shadowed by different thing. The 1900s were a very different time than it is today I'm just glad we have electricity and running water.